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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000254.txt from 2003/10

From: "Buckman, Nancy" <>
Subj: RE: [kl] Inspiration
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2003 08:42:34 -0400

Did you read Tony's post from yesterday, the one where he included his =
article from CASS? There is a section in there that deals with this. =
Check it out below.

Tony said:

"I probably don't have to go into too much detail with CASS readers =
the struggle to make the damn thing do what I wanted it to do. Slow
practice; minor (and major) adjustments to reeds, mouthpiece and
instrument; lots of cups of coffee, and so on ~ everyone knows what it's
like. And in this case I seemed to be driving around a lot too, taking
the instrument back for adjustment to Daniel Bangham and Ted Planas, who
were collaborating in its manufacture, basing it on a Viennese
instrument by Kaspar Tauber in Nick Shackleton's collection.

There was a moment when I felt encouraged because what I was doing
started to sound at least acceptable; to be followed a few days later by
depression, because it started to sound quite like what I could do on my
modern instrument ~ only much worse.=20

The whole experience did bring home to me particularly clearly that
what's required above all in practising on any kind of instrument, is to
be able to tolerate it being bad for long enough. And I mean that as an
active process, in the sense that you have to work at getting it better,
whilst nevertheless insisting on listening very carefully all the time
to exactly how bad it is, and why. If you give up on either bit of that,
you don't progress."


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

-----Original Message-----
From: Sue Raycraft []
Subject: Re: [kl] Inspiration

> > I was curious as to what or who inspires you to create music. I
> > seem to be having a (hopefully) temporary problem with motivation =
> > practice and play at all. Any ideas or opinions would be great.

> > Chantelle

I have felt that way from time to time, and you know when it
usually is? When I am being to hard on myself. Like as in
being too much of a perfectionist. Trying too hard and feeling
like I'm never going to be "good" enough. Thank goodness I
usually realize it for what it is and I keep on playing anyway.

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