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Week 11 video

As promised, here is my video from last week! Enjoy!  Feedback is always welcome…

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Week 10 assignment

I’m lucky in that I get a four days off this weekend!  So since I have a pretty strict policy of not practicing on my days off, I went ahead and recorded my video for week 11 this afternoon.  Aaaaaaaand of course I left my camera at work!  So I will have to wait to […]

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Week 13 video

Okay, okay, I know I’m a day late.  But it was either sit and work on uploading my video last night, or spend time with my family.  I chose the latter.  I knew I would have a little time this morning (Saturday) to do it anyway.  So here it is!  Week 12 video assignment! Sorry […]

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Video week 13, and assignments!

So, you know how I was sick last week?  Yeah, my husband got sick this week, so I’ve had no time because I’ve been constantly taking care of both him and my son.  (Luckily my son didn’t get sick!) I’m going to go ahead and hit several birds with one stone with this post.  First, […]

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Video week 14

I’m not sure what I had, but I got really knocked down by some sort of virus this week.  Like, out of commission for 4 whole days!  Yuck.  A nice reminder that sometimes we have the best plans in the world, but then life happens and it all goes out the window.  We just have […]

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Audition Challenge

About a month ago, I ran across violinist Nathan Cole’s blog on Facebook, more specifically his post about the “audition challenge”.  I immediately thought about adapting it for clarinet!  I’ve really needed some practice motivation and this seemed like the answer.  I also needed the accountability, so I will be uploading my videos here of each assignment. It has […]

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Audition reflection

Finally I have a bit of time and I thought I would post about my Navy Band audition nearly three (!) months ago.  If you don’t feel like reading a lot today, here’s is the long story short…I felt extremely prepared, and I probably played the best I’ve ever played in an audition for a […]

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Execution vs. performance

Phase 2 is complete! Wow, the last four weeks certainly went by fast. In fact, it feels like I just started this whole process just the other day, but it was 8 weeks ago! Anyway, back then I really wasn’t sure what I would focus on in “phase 3”, other than a two week “taper”. […]

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3 weeks is too long…

7 weeks down. 3 weeks to go til the audition. Can it be over now? I’m starting to get exhausted. And honestly, I don’t feel that optimistic about my abilities on most days. But maybe it has to do with the fact that I’m recording and critiquing myself every day. I have been trying to […]

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Phase 1…complete!

So here’s an update on my audition preparation. Yesterday was the last day of “phase 1”, aka the woodshedding phase. I am happy to report that I have everything pretty much under my fingers. “Pretty much” being the key words here…some excerpts are certainly not clean (*cough* Dance of the Hours *cough*), and the Rossini […]