Wednesday, September 26, 2007

On to new things

On to something besides informal audition whinging...

Right now, I'm working on the Ibert trio for Oboe, Clarinet, and Bassoon. Two friends and I have a little trio that meets once a week. We're hoping to hire ourselves out later but for now, we're just playing music and having a good time together. Also on my docket is endless double-tonguing practicing and the Vivaldi Bb Major Concerto. Yes, it is somewhat easy but it's what my professor wants so it is what he shall have. Too proud to play ball, I am not. If I am serious about working on my technique, I need to start somewhere.

Made a decision to not take a volunteer gig in which I am very interested. It conflicts directly with a chamber orchestra concert. Sure, we're only doing Handel's Messiah (AGAIN!), but I signed up to help ferry around the timpani so I don't think I have much choice. The volunteer project sounded so interesting that it's bothering me to have to say no. I'm trying to get more information before I officially turn it down, but it is not looking good.

2 comments:

Kent said...

Wasn't aware of the 29 beads thing, so thanks.

I had only ever thought of "big stick" for measuring the bassoon - as in "There's more money in that bank than you can shake a bassoon at."

29 beads is definitely more precise. Learn something new every day...

CB said...

I use a string of beads in my OMA kinder classes for a measurement lesson. It calls for non-standard units of measurement, and you can't get much more "non-standard" than a hemp string of regularly spaced sparkly beads. The kids love it. We use clothespins to mark the length of instruments and later, music.

And in the interest of education, a piccolo is four beads long and a clarinet is nine. Now you know. ;)