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 "Desert period" for an avid clarinetist
Author: sgb2007 
Date:   2006-08-06 23:00

Most recently, I have found that my ability to play with a full and presentable sound has been rapidly diminishing. Having the summer off from high school, I have spent at least an hour 3-4 days a week practicing and preparing for the upcoming year. Having such time, however, I have come to the realization that I am not particularly satisfied with the reeds I had been using. Raised on the notion that Vandoren reeds were a superior brand, I had gotten used to the reeds themselves, first starting on traditionals and then switching to V12s. This summer, however, I have had the opportunity to experiment immensely with reeds. I tried Gonzalez reeds, and I absolutely hated them; I tried to return to Vandoren by trying their 56 Rue Lepics, and although I liked them at first, I find that I am now liking them less and less. Returning to V12s and traditionals, neither give me the sound that I used to have, and I am at a loss as to what could have been the cause. I feel as though I have entered a musical "desert period," where I am unable to revitalize my sound and skills. Reed issues haven't helped the problem. Has anyone else ever encountered such a situation? I am very, very active in my high school band program and wish to find some way out of this period before the school year starts again.

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