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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000734.txt from 1999/01

From: Note Staff Unlimited <>
Subj: [kl] warm up routine
Date: Sat, 16 Jan 1999 15:35:10 -0500 schrieb:

> - snip -

> The ritual of the lesson day, though, makes me
> wonder about other little rituals that creep into our lives - I figure skate,
> and skaters have all kinds of weird little good-luck things they do, like
> always tying the right skate first, or long pre-competition warmup and
> stretching sequences. Do any clarinet players have any pre-performance
> rituals without which it just wouldn't feel "right"? Particular warmups, or
> just little quirks? For instance, I never put my A together before my Bb - no
> special reason, it just would feel weird to do it the other way around. My
> dad was a trumpet player, and always used to talk about "the ritual of the
> gig" - stuff he always did in the same way in the same order that helped him
> get mentally prepared to play. Anybody else do this?
> Sue Schwaegler


Hi Sue,

I use the warm up by Bob Spring (with addition of chromatic scale and
triplets after Baermann). It's great.

That may make sense but what I also do may be more voodoo than sense: I trim my
nails. Of course there are other things - grease my ligature screw, check ten
times if I have everything before I leave and, well, practise enough. And I hope
to get a little nervous *before* the concert starts. Because if it doesn't hit you
until you're on the stage, it hits harder.

David Glenn

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