Date: 2021-08-09 22:46
It strikes me how often threads on this bboard wade into the most minute of details, specifications, measurements, etc. Sometimes they're even necessary.
However, in contrast, what I have found to be the most helpful on this bboard - are general suggestions on how to approach a problem and gain personal understanding.
Lacking the words to explain my intended meaning let me provide the following example:
The training I received from grade school through college was essentially, "Doing 'this' will result in 'that.'"
The problem was - doing 'this' very rarely resulted in 'that.' So, then I'd be given more and more steps/ways/options to force 'this' to result in 'that." Every once in a while, my instructor and I would blindly stumble across a perfect combination, and I'd finally get 'that' result; but I'd be tired, weary, and frustrated.
After leaving college, leaving formal instruction, leaving the clarinet for ten years or so - then returning...something became obvious to me: 'this' rarely (if ever) results in 'that.'
I had realized (at least for me) that I needed to start with an understanding of 'that' and then figure out how to get there. As obvious as this idea is: it entirely flipped the paradigm I had, and made learning so much quicker. It provided an understanding that I had never gained when doing the "this" provided by an instructor. Discovery (instead of futile repetition of things that didn't work) made the gained knowledge part of the end product.
There's a place for specifics and probably even a place for "this" and "that" - but I'm so glad for folks like Tony, Brycon, Seabreeze, Karl, and so many others (including those who are no longer with us) on this bboard who often address(ed) the larger concepts of approach instead of only going over the 'this' and 'thats'.