This is my first blog on my new website. It is my hope that I can share something that will be of value to you and that will make a contribution to the world of music. My years of professional performing, teaching, lecturing (and even some composing) have led me to this point.
Growing up with a father who was both a clarinetist and an avant-garde composer gave me many opportunities to learn techniques such as quarter-tone fingerings, multiphonics, growling through the instrument, etc. I premiered many of my Dad's pieces and recently archived his works for clarinet (solo and chamber) with the American Composers Alliance. The ACA will loan them out (with only a small processing fee) if you're interested in performing his expressive and unique sounding music. http://composers.com
Topics for future blogs include: tools and strategies to deal with performance anxiety, how to avoid overuse syndrome, suggestions that may help you if you do wind up having playing-related injuries. I will also share what I know about the double-lip embouchure for clarinet--my Dad started me on double-lip and I've played that way my entire life. My father had studied with Gino Cioffi of the Boston Symphony and LOVED his warm sound quality achieved by the double-lip embouchure.
And since klezmer playing has become such a huge part of my professional life in the last 20 years I will, of course, write many blogs on that topic. For now, though, I would just like to close with this thought--whenever you play try and feel that you are just giving and offering your gift of music. Be filled with humility--the sense that you are one small part of a larger whole--and try to put service to the music (and to the audience ) first. This will make you One with the music and can profoundly deep your experience of performing.
With all good thoughts--