Juries and finals are over, Amen. Maybe you’ve got some time – of course, maybe not with the holidays coming…. Nevertheless, here is a list of possible things to do as a clarinetist over the holiday break. (For me, it is set as I record works for a CD in early January.)
- Take clarinets to the repair shop.
- Find some reeds for the coming semester.
- Study an orchestral work you don’t know (or a solo, etude, etc.)
- Work on Sight Reading
- Put in all the fixes your teacher was telling you about all semester.
- Work on scales for spring semester!
- Call an old friend who used to play clarinet (esp a retired teacher/professor).
- Watch old movies (check out TCM) and listen to the music. Learn about the composer.
- Work on transposition.
- Most importantly, take at least a few days off and NOT think about the clarinet – maybe attend a religious service, get some exercise, read a good book, volunteer to help someone, etc.
[Note: Picture above by Anne-Leslie of our big family summer vacation to California in 2011. We are on a beach near San Clemente, CA – just a great day.]