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 learning curve
Author: LC007 
Date:   2018-02-02 17:56

Well I've been playing clarinet now for 5 months and have joined a community beginner band. I am having a great time but let me tell you - my eyes have been opened to just how much (little) I know. I thought I was doing quite well - playing alone in the quiet of my home I think I sound OK and can perform basic stuff reasonably well. But when in the band surrounded by saxes and trumpets and tubas and flutes and oboes and everything else in between, I can barely hear myself. The problem is I lose the tempo and have a tendency to go too fast. If I look up to the maestro, I lose my place in the music. I am anxious about it and that only compounds the problems I'm having. I get stressed out and make stupid mistakes.
I never took music in high school like many people have, so I'm getting that education now - in my sixties! What an awakening! Any advice on how to relax and slow down?

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