Friday, August 28, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
you, trippingly on the tongue: but if you mouth it,
as many of your players do, I had as lief the
town-crier spoke my lines. Nor do not saw the air
too much with your hand, thus, but use all gently;
for in the very torrent, tempest, and, as I may say,
the whirlwind of passion, you must acquire and beget
a temperance that may give it smoothness. O, it
offends me to the soul to hear a robustious
periwig-pated fellow tear a passion to tatters, to
very rags, to split the ears of the groundlings, who
for the most part are capable of nothing but
inexplicable dumbshows and noise: I would have such
a fellow whipped for o'erdoing Termagant; it
out-herods Herod: pray you, avoid it.
be your tutor: suit the action to the word, the
word to the action; with this special o'erstep not
the modesty of nature: for any thing so overdone is
from the purpose of playing, whose end, both at the
first and now, was and is, to hold, as 'twere, the
mirror up to nature; to show virtue her own feature,
scorn her own image, and the very age and body of
the time his form and pressure. Now this overdone,
or come tardy off, though it make the unskilful
laugh, cannot but make the judicious grieve; the
censure of the which one must in your allowance
o'erweigh a whole theatre of others. O, there be
players that I have seen play, and heard others
praise, and that highly, not to speak it profanely,
that, neither having the accent of Christians nor
the gait of Christian, pagan, nor man, have so
strutted and bellowed that I have thought some of
nature's journeymen had made men and not made them
well, they imitated humanity so abominably.
your clowns speak no more than is set down for them;
for there be of them that will themselves laugh, to
set on some quantity of barren spectators to laugh
too; though, in the mean time, some necessary
question of the play be then to be considered:
that's villanous, and shows a most pitiful ambition
in the fool that uses it. Go, make you ready.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
SUMMER, WHAT TO DO
School is out: classes, lessons, rehearsals, concerts are finished. Sounds and feels good; we all need the break.
Summer can pose real problems for music majors. The absence of lessons and rehearsals often means the absence of motivation and inspiration from those sources. Maintaining progress on our instrument may become difficult. While a rest from your instrument is important, it is too easy to slack off, get lazy, become a couch potato. The “summer situation” is similar to the conditions you will encounter after graduation when all of the motivation will have to come from you, the musician. Summertime is a good time to get used to this reality for your future.
Here are some summer suggestions to assist you to maintain progress and motivation:
• chose and learn recital repertoire
• learn important orchestral excerpts
• learn to read a new clef or to transpose
• form a small ensemble for weekly rehearsals
• perform solos or ensembles in church, at a park, at a music camp, at a day care or retirement home
• work on your high register (one octave scales)
• learn new scales: whole-tone, octatonic (diminished), blues
• play melodies in styles you have never played
• make enough reeds for the new school year
• take lessons (it doesn’t have to be with a bassoonist!)
• teach some lessons
• compose music for the bassoon: etudes, solos, ensembles
• listen to recordings: bassoon solos, chamber music, music you DON’T know
If you are not taking lessons, make your own assignments: scale of the week, etude of the week, reed of the week. Keep moving through material, do a variety of stuff, not just one thing. Don’t get hung up on one scale or etude. If you are working at a non-music job, try to practice before work so you are fresh and alert. If you get stuck send me an e-mail message.
The first week of school in September looks like a long way off right now. It will come all too soon for all of us! Stay in shape so you can make a good impression at those first week auditions and lessons.
Good luck and have a healthy and safe summer. I look forward to seeing you in September.