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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000142.txt from 2003/10

From: "Buckman, Nancy" <>
Subj: RE: [kl] What to do
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2003 09:58:13 -0400

Tony wrote:

First of all, there are no 'ageist' rules about all of this. And, the
fact that Dan now rejects his 'youthful' performances says nothing about
their validity. (Perhaps his 'mature' judgment is the one that's
faulty. How would he know:-)

I think Dan was being facetious to a degree, but I understood his point. =
In general, I think he was saying it is hard to understand life without =
having lived some of it first.

Where instinct is concerned, my instinct about Motzartian topics is much =
better than the instinct about Brahms. I have no trouble with Schubert =
or Mendelssohn or Schumann, etc. I love playing anything =
impressionistic too and don't have difficulty with most 20th century =
stuff. I have the same problems with jazz though ,that I have with =
Brahms. I can't figure it out on my own. I can play it if I have heard =
it, but don't give me something that I can't listen to first. I seem to =
always have to ask for direction. =20

Where jazz is concerned, I even have to have it written on paper to =
execute it properly. I have played in a jazz band for the last seven =
years. I can play "in the style", but I can't improvise. I just don't =
seem to be able to figure it out. Next summer, I will be going to an =
improvisational "camp" and hopefully will learn something.


Nancy E. Buckman, CPO, AFO, Technical Assistant
School of Health Professions, Wellness and Physical Education
Anne Arundel Community College
Arnold, MD 21012-1895 USA
Phone 410-777-2316 Fax 410-777-2233

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