majorasmasque asked: i just read the ask from the clarinet anon and wanted to let them know that my first clarinet teacher never taught me how to tongue! my second teacher picked it up after three years of me huffing the note out. playing becomes much easier when you know how to tongue. you should definitely ask for help - if you don't want to let your teacher know, ask another woodwind player - clarinet or saxophone players will be able to help :)
I’ve come to the conclusion that there is a certain threshold of self-loathing one must exceed before they can play a double reed instrument
Anonymous asked: My horrible confession is that I've played clarinet for about 10 years now, section leader in my wind ensemble, and I still don't know how to tongue. I've specifically developed techniques to get around it. My tongue stays in the back of my mouth the entire time. I can't get my mind around the concept and I get frustrated whenever I even think about moving my tongue like that.
Ask your director or another clarinetist for help!
Heart sounds! This is pretty awesome for you musically inclined/trained nursing/med students/professionals out there.
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i guess there’s a lot of stuff going around about somebody who drew a bunch of dci logos on their back where dci members are saying that person is “besmirching the name of the corps” by drawing all the symbols together?
change your shitty baby diaper and realize that the fans are here to support you. that treating them like theyre unintelligent or of a lesser quality than you are is why people are so terrified to audition, ask questions, and continue drum corps tradition!
Hi! I’ve been following the blog for a while, and I don’t know if you do this (I read the FAQ, but it only mentioned blog promotions) but I really need to raise a lot of money really fast for a band trip. It’s my last year and all of my money goes into keeping my grandmother.. well.. alive, really.
It would be amazing if you could signal boost this for me, please. If not, that’s alright too!
Thank you for your time!!
The musician’s equivalent to comic sans
sadbutsassyy asked: My name is Sara. I'm a 9th grade oboist in a symphonic band. We have a Christmas concert this week and I'm extremely nervous! Honestly, i'm nervous just because we are playing sleep by Eric Whitacre. (If you haven't heard it before, it's a beautiful piece that's originally for choir.) BUT I have a solo in the middle of it. I'm terrified of ruining the piece because of shaking from nerves and etc. Any advice on how to overcome these feelings about being exposed in a piece?
Practice playing it in front of people! Ask groups of people to listen to you play it in the band room before or after school several times this week, play it for your family, maybe even post a video of yourself playing it. Stage fright is very common and even professionals get it, so what you’re going through is completely normal. Don’t worry though, it’ll get easier with time and experience! Good luck!! :^) ❤️