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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000828.txt from 2001/05

From: Kathleen Williams <>
Subj: [kl] Playing crisis
Date: Tue, 29 May 2001 09:11:25 -0400

Dear listers

I've come up with a number of problems in my stay over England that my
teacher hasn't really been able to help me with. The principal one is that
of support, which seems to be pretty crucial as it affects tone quality and
sound in the staccato. For some inexplicable reason, technical passages,
though finger perfect, often don't come across to the listener, same with
the staccato. My teacher constantly gripes at me for going for the 'magic'
and ignoring the basics, but then when I concentrate on the basics my
performances are accused of being boring. I'm wondering whether the problem
of support is one to do with the sudden lack of fitness, as back in Brisbane
I used to be a real fitness fanatic, cycling every day, and doing lots of
situps for firm abs. I haven't been able to do any exercise in London. I'm
also wondering whether the struggle with tone has something to do with the
depression and homesickness I've been experiencing, being away from the
sunny skies and tropical heat of Brisbane. I sometimes wonder whether I
need a shrink more than a teacher. If there are any medical professionals
out there who think they may be able to help, or practical advice on
breathing and support, or good biketracks in London, could you please email
me. My confidence is really low, and I'm close to, if not actually giving up
the instrument, then certainly taking a break for a while.

Kathy williams

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