I have just over two weeks until school starts again, and three weeks until concerto competition. I really need to get my butt in gear.
I’ve made some significant progress this summer. Maybe not as much as I’d like, but oh boy my articulation has come a long way (too much Copland), and my tone and air support have also improved.
I want to make a few really specific goals so I don’t waste the last two weeks of summer with unproductive practice. If I write them down here, I’ll more likely follow them, and can get some feedback and suggestions as well! :)
- Hand tension. It’s improved a bit and I’ve loosened up, but I really need to focus on just keeping my embouchure firm and everything else fluid.
- Angle of my instrument. My teacher is big on holding the clarinet closer to your body, and I saw a video of myself playing the other day…the first month of lessons will just be her holding my bell in place. Oh god.
- Phrasing in my repertoire. I think I sometimes get caught up on smaller details and my phrasing doesn’t come through very well. I use lots of short phrases rather than connecting the ideas into a bigger picture.
- Be more purposeful. I need to have a clear idea of exactly how I want everything to sound, exactly where I want it to go and give everything musical direction. Don’t just play the notes.
- Aim for a fuller, resonate sound. I have a very ‘sweet’ sound but it sometimes lacks a bit of core substance. Air=Tone. Embouchure=Quality.
- Even finger speed. More scales, with more focus on even-ness of tone and fingers.
Okay. Sounds good. I can do dis.
Sure. Any other suggestions?