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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000244.txt from 2000/04

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: Re: [kl]Student motivation was Studio teaching and the Band
Date: Fri, 7 Apr 2000 07:27:38 -0400

At 02:08 AM 4/7/2000 EDT, Ann Satterfield wrote:
>I was a not very motivated piano student for many years, clarinet
>lessons were my request and motivation.
>In part that was contrariness. But looking back, one of the big
>differences was that i am bettered suited to clarinet than piano.
>Clarinet was satisfying in more ways and i generally enjoyed practicing.
>I wanted to play piano, but did not consistantly enjoy the process and
>practicing. Now i can analyse why that was true -- i have always been
>most responsive to ensemble, tone color, texture.
I, too, quit piano after three years because I was not motivated to
practice, then picked up clarinet later. I think "ensemble" is the
critical thing for me. I find it so much more fun to play in a group! The
more flexible sound of woodwinds is also appealing. I think I picked up
vibrato almost immediately, and was bending notes in jazz band after only a
few months of playing (I'd been listening to Goodman and Shaw!)

>I do not regret any of the skill and education i got thru piano lessons.
>I do wish i did not so much believe the labels "lazy" "sloppy", and the
>bad habits i learned in enforced practicing.
The music reading skills I got from piano are what made the transition to
clarinet possible! But I was suddenly quite a bit more motivated when the
choice was mine!

Bill Hausmann
451 Old Orchard Drive
Essexville, MI 48732
ICQ UIN 4862265

If you have to mic a saxophone, the rest of the band is too loud.

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