Picking Up the Clarinet Again

Tonight I played my clarinet for the first time in a couple years. I was ashamed that I had to get the vacuum out and clean off the layer of dust that was caked to the outside of the case, having sat in my closet untouched for so long.

But as soon as I found a good reed and was able to produce that clear, warm, earthy tone that only the clarinet can make, it was like meeting an old friend. I was relieved to discover that I still had “the stuff”. My technique is rusty and I need to build back the endurance in my embouchure (the shape my mouth makes on the mouthpiece to produce sound from the reed), but a good foundation is there. It felt great to play.

So I ordered a few things:

I'm hoping to get some momentum going with regular practice and learning some musical pieces and etudes I have on-hand. And with the holiday season approaching, I might even have some opportunities to play in some small ensembles. That would be neat!


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