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Planning…it’s the new "thing"

This week in lieu of my regular practicing on Tuesday night, I decided that I would do a video recording to re-evaluate how I was sounding.  I always initially feel like its a wasted practice night when I make a recording, until I listen back to the recording I made – it always opens my […]

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New year, new adventures

2011 is set to be one of the more adventurous years that I have ever had.  Between joining the Navy, moving out of Rochester, running a half marathon (hopefully), I’ve got a lot on my plate for 2011.  I am so excited, but also very anxious – new adventures almost always brings new obstacles.  Moving […]

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duple vs. triple

This past week I’ve been exploring the use of a technique that I’ve kind of developed on my own.  I call it the “two-against-three” practice technique.  What I’ve been experimenting with is if playing duples against triplet rhythms actually makes your duples more even (and visa versa).  In the past, I’ve used this on an […]

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the home stretch…

The last couple weeks I have been practicing like a mofo…seriously.  My aspirations are getting the best for me again.  Literally Monday through Friday I practice 2 1/2 to 3 hours after work…and somehow I am still finding time to work out!  I can’t really do anything else though, and I’m feeling exhausted by bedtime. […]

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There’s a first time for everything!

This post doesn’t have much to do with clarinet, I’ll be perfectly honest.  But I experienced a couple major “firsts” that I feel I must share.  The one that I’m most proud is from Saturday.  I completed my first 5k race!  It was never a goal for me to do a race when I started […]

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Recital!

So it’s set!  I am officially giving a recital in CO in October!  This is thanks to my awesome sister, who has graciously put in the time and effort to raise funds for the trip and recital related expenses!  I am so excited for it.  It will take place on October 22 at 7:30pm at […]

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An interesting article that caught my eye…

Makes me understand why my husband is so crazy about brushing his teeth before he plays his tuba: http://www.vpr.net/npr/129725678/ Kind of gross, right?  Now, I am not exactly an angel when it comes to eating and playing…in fact I’ve been known to teach or practice while drinking coffee (tee hee…).  But I think us woodwinders […]

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Plans for the future

Each day I feel more accepting of how long I have to wait for my new job.  I suppose that is a good thing, right?  Although I still feel somewhat crappy about it, but I’m coming to terms that it is what it is.   I emailed my main contact over at the Navy Music office […]

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Finally…a date

So I went back to MEPS today to finalize my enlistment paperwork.  Yay!  So I have good news and bad news. The good news: I got sworn in and I’m officially in DEP (delayed enlistment program).  The bad news: my ship out date is not until May 23, 2011.  WTF?!! When the guy there told […]

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YES!!!

Right after I posted my last entry I got THE phone call!  My waiver has been approved!!  I go to Buffalo on Friday to sign my contract and then they will give me a ship date, yooooooooohooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!! This made my week.  Actually it made my f-ing month.