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.
For all two of you following this blog, I didn’t get the position. I was very disappointed and have sluffed off on the ol’ practicing wagon a bit as a result. I’ve also been working and had lots of rehearsals so I would prefer to fault those commitments rather than my own attitude for the drop in time spent purely practicing. Yeah…
Anyway, my reeds all stink right now, I have a lesson tomorrow, and I am exhausted from this day. I have things other than wallowing in self-pity that I should be accomplishing.
Besides, that was last week. This week, I start taking steps towards NOT shooting myself in the foot in audition/high-stress situations.
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