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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000569.txt from 2000/04

From: webler1 <webler1@-----.com>
Subj: RE: [kl] Motivation
Date: Thu, 13 Apr 2000 14:53:02 -0400

I apologize for using a Golf analogy again, however I am going to anyway.
There was a time when I could shoot in the low 80's, when I played more
often. Now that I hardly ever play I am back up to the high 90's. I had
much more fun in the 80's.

Once, I expressed my disappointment with myself in front of a young student
when I failed to follow the key signature. He looked at me and said,
"Music is supposed to be fun". I replied (perhaps wrongly, according to
some), I have much more fun when I play the right notes.

I receive the greatest enjoyment when I am making the greatest advancements
in my playing. Does that mean that I don't enjoy playing when things
aren't going well. NO. But it is a matter of degrees. There is a
difference between the person who enjoys singing, even though he can't
carry a tune in a bucket, and the person who can, but doesn't. The first
one. doesn't know the difference. Hence, as the old saying goes,
"Ignorance is Bliss".

Jay Webler
Jay's Clarinet and Percussion

-----Original Message-----
From: William Wright [SMTP:Bilwright@-----.net]
Subject: Re: [kl] Motivation

<><> Patricia Smith wrote:
Why I continued I'll never know

Buried in this thread is the concept that music isn't pleasurable
unless you can do it right. If I were an instructor, I hope that I
could avoid this fatal trap. Why do people sing to themselves even
though the best they can muster is a monotone or a screech? Because
they don't enjoy it?

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