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 Inforced rest from the clarinet
Author: Grant 
Date:   2007-08-15 00:15

Last month a small tumor was discovered on my brain which explains some of my fingering problems. The operation was a success but I can,t play until the doctor clears me and I am really miising everything even bad reeds. Hopefully I have about ten more days then I can play.
I have been going through my classical CD's and that does help. Any other suggestions.
Thanks, Grant


Peace on Earth and May You always have a reed that PLAYS.

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 Re: Inforced rest from the clarinet
Author: Snowy 
Date:   2007-08-15 00:46

Grant,
Had similar problem last year with lung.

Hopefully your doc will give you the all clear sooner rather than later.

Clarinet is great therapy.

best of luck.

Snowy



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 Re: Inforced rest from the clarinet
Author: JJAlbrecht 
Date:   2007-08-15 01:09

I had the lung thing, too. They had to collapse my right lung to go after a tumor in my spinal column, and it was safer to do it that way than to crack open my entire rib cage. I couldn't play for a long time, and I really missed it. I satisafied my desire for music by playing on the piano.

We all wish you a speedy and complete recovery! :)

Jeff

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 Re: Inforced rest from the clarinet
Author: pewd 
Date:   2007-08-15 01:23

What Jeff said - get a piano, take a few piano lessons, and listen to some Clarinet cd's

And we hope you're feeling better soonest...

Dallas, Texas

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 Re: Inforced rest from the clarinet
Author: JJAlbrecht 
Date:   2007-08-15 14:33

I was even able to play a (badly in need of tuning) piano in the rehab ward, where I spent two weeks after the last of three surgeries, relearning how to walk. It was great, because using the pedals was hsllping me to retrain my feet and leg muscles for more subtle things than sinmply the mechanics of walking. The folks in the rehab wing liked the music, too! I was playing some Beethoven, Bach and Mozart as best I could. [cool] They would have a high school pianist come in once every week or two to play music for us, but it was nice to sit down and play for my own enjoyment.

Jeff

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 Re: Inforced rest from the clarinet
Author: DavidBlumberg 
Date:   2007-08-21 20:29

Maybe read a Clarinet Theory of Playing Book or 2. Keith Stein's Art of the Clarinet for starters and whatever else you may own.

Good luck on your recovery!

http://www.SkypeClarinetLessons.com


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 Re: Inforced rest from the clarinet
Author: tetiana 
Date:   2007-08-21 21:20

A truly inspirational story is that of Averill Piers Baker, as Canadian grandmother who went back to playing the piano as part of therapy to recover from a life threatening encounter with cancer. In 2004, Averill won second place in the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateur Pianists.

tetiana

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 Re: Inforced rest from the clarinet
Author: BobD 
Date:   2007-08-21 22:23

Wishing you the Best, Grant and pulling for you. Time heals all things. bob

Bob Draznik

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 Re: Inforced rest from the clarinet
Author: Paumartin 
Date:   2007-08-23 20:13

I am pulling and praying for your well being and fast recovery (even if we don't know each other). I am sure many who read the forums but are too shy to post have the same intentions as I do.

Peter

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 Re: Inforced rest from the clarinet
Author: Paumartin 
Date:   2007-08-23 20:17

How about practicing the fingerings without blowing the instrument, ... or practing in your imagination. Ask your Doctor, He might think that that is OK.

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 Re: Inforced rest from the clarinet
Author: Grant 
Date:   2007-09-04 20:50

Thanks to all that replyed to my post. I finshed radation about 10 days ago
my surgeon said ok to play for five minutes at a time. I may fudge a little. I also have a soprano sax which has less resistance than my clarinet so I play it too. I won't be aple to play in the community bands for about six weeks unless I have further complications but I will go with my wife when she plays.
Once again: Thanks for the suggestions and prayers


Peace on Earth and May You always have a reed that PLAYS.

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