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Overcoming Scarcity, Competition, and Toxicity

mindset Mar 05, 2020

Today is the day! After a few weeks of pondering the toxicity in classical music and the reasoning behind it, today we are finally going to come up with some solutions.

So if scarcity and competition are the issues that lead to toxicity, the solution is very simply the opposite of that: abundance...

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Why the Toxicity?

mindset Feb 27, 2020

In my last blog post, we looked at all the ways that classical music is toxic, so today I want to explore why that might be.

Most of this comes down to scarcity and competition. Let's look at the examples of toxicity I listed in the previous post, again.

I have to play well enough to get a solo...

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Classical Music is Toxic AF!

mindset Feb 06, 2020

A brief warning before we get too far into this. This is a sort of half baked idea, and I would really love to hear your thoughts on this. I suspect I may make several more posts on this subject, and would love to get your input. I also hope to find a positive end to this, though I do expect that...

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Talent Doesn't Matter

mindset Jan 23, 2020

This wonderful Bob Ross GIF, in which he says, "Talent is a pursued interest. In other words, anything that you're willing to practice, you can do", was the perfect inspiration for today's blog post!

If you talk to professional musicians and ask them what some of their least favorite things to...

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Mouthpiece Testing Guide

equipment Jan 16, 2020

If you are consuming online clarinet content, like this blog, and you haven't checked out the Earspasm YouTube Channel. You have to go do that right now!

Michael Lowenstern makes absolutely fantastic clarinet content that is also highly entertaining. Including the video I want to share with you...

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Next Generation Donations to Australia

announcements Jan 09, 2020

I am sure you have heard about the devastating fires that are currently happening in Australia.

Along with that I am sure you have seen many campaigns donating to disaster relief there recently...

For me personally protecting the environment is something I am very passionate about. As a lover of...

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Clarinet Resolution Do's and Don'ts

mindset Jan 02, 2020

It is officially 2020, and I can't wait for you to discover what your clarinet journey has in store for you this year!

If you are one of the dedicated people reading this, then I think it is a strong possibility that you have something about improving at the clarinet in your New Year's...

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The Best Clarinet Christmas Gift!

equipment Dec 19, 2019

With Christmas coming up next week, I think it is the perfect time to talk about what to give clarinet players for Christmas, and what to put on your Christmas list to improve your clarinet playing.

Unfortunately, my answer isn't super exciting, but it is super important.

REEDS!

Reeds are the...

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My Second Audition

mindset Dec 12, 2019

This past week I had a great time auditioning for one of the top military bands in the world, the President's Own Marine Band!

Unfortunately, I did not win, but I learned some valuable insights that I want to share with you about auditioning and improving your playing and performance.

For this...

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Sacred Practice Time

practice Dec 05, 2019

If you are working on learning anything, it is no secret that you have to dedicate some time to it...

It is actually amazing how much our brains are capable of adapting to and learning different things, and that is all possible by simply dedicating time to doing it.

Even the brain science tells...

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