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 Re: Fuzzy tone once again...
Author: kdk 2017
Date:   2017-12-06 20:00

OmniClarinet314 wrote:

> kdk, have you listened to my recordings on this thread? I would
> like to know if my tone quality is good enough to make TMEA
> All-State in TX or All-State in any state.
>
> It’s hard to find a good teacher who has a history of having
> All-State students in my area, but I’m trying.
>

Yes, I've listened to the recordings. I'm not a judge or a teacher in the Texas system and have no idea what the competition level is or how well you need to play. With that very strong caveat, my knee-jerk reaction based on your recordings is that you certainly should be competitive. Whether or not you'll make the band depends on who else is auditioning.

As far as finding a teacher "who has a history of having All-State students in my area" is concerned, I think you're focusing on the wrong goal. Very good players make All-State bands (and orchestras). Students who become very good players are able to compete for places in those bands. An aspiring student's goal should be to become a very good or excellent player, the best player he can become. Making All-State is one possible consequence. But it isn't in itself the goal. I have taught All-State level students here in Pennsylvania. Making All-State was never an explicit part of their lesson routine. When they made it into All-State (our audition procedure is different from yours) it was one event among many that opened to them as they improved and became better and better *musicians.*

In my own personal opinion, based on the recordings and perhaps counter to the thoughts of others in this discussion, you're too mono-focused on tone quality and All-State and it's keeping you from (a) enjoying music for itself and (b) exploring your approach to the music you're playing. Worse (IMO), you've reduced the tone issue to what strength reed you should use and which one pleases your Skype teacher more. Decide what reed brand and strength is *comfortable* - allows you to play without struggling - and then just play on it. You'll get much farther with a well controlled tone, well regulated fingers and accurate rhythm. If you can't play comfortably, it's the wrong reed strength. You need to get away from playing reeds and pay attention to playing music. The chips (or audition results) will fall based on your overall performance.

Karl

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