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Developing Your Musical Imagination: Analyzing

mindset May 28, 2020

No, I will not stop with the Spongebob image!

I also won't stop sharing my ideas on how to get more out of your clarinet and musical journey!

So, let's pick up where we left off last week, and talk about analyzing music.

Most college students take theory and musicology courses for 2+ years that...

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Developing Your Musical Imagination: Listening

mindset May 21, 2020

In last week's post, I went over how having a great imagination of how your music should go is probably the most important to your success as a clarinetist.

Now, how do you develop that imagination?

If you really want to get serious about clarifying that image in your head of how the music should...

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The Most Important Indicator of Success

mindset May 14, 2020

I always say that playing clarinet is simple once you are able to break it down into all of it's separate parts, but putting all those parts together can be a bit challenging!

I have found, however, that there is one piece of the puzzle that plays a bigger role in the process and will almost...

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The Grand Unified Theory of Music

mindset practice resources Apr 23, 2020

Everything you need to know to be a great musician?!?

It seems hard to gather that all into one video or one process, and though there is probably some more fleshing out to do on this theory, I think you will find it to be quite insightful!

I first learned about the Grand Unified Theory in one of...

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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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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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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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