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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001176.txt from 1999/01

From: "Jim O'Briant" <jobriant@-----.com>
Subj: [kl] Woodshedding [Was: HELP!]
Date: Sat, 23 Jan 1999 13:12:08 -0500

Paulette W. Gulakowski wrote, in part:

> ["Woodshedding" is] ... a slang term which probably has an interesting
> background if we could ever find it out ...

"Woodshedding" is a term that dates from the days when most homes had a small
building out back, used for the storage of firewood for the furnace, fireplace
and/or kitchen stove. When families got sick and tired of hearing a family
member practice the same thing over and over and over and over, the musician
would be banished to the woodshed, to continue his/her practicing out there --
out of earshot. (Interesting corollary -- you never hear pianists use the
term unless they also play another instrument -- you can't take the piano out
to the woodshed.)

Jim O'Briant
Bayside Music Press
Gilroy, CA USA

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