QUOTE(katica @ Dec 15 2010, 10:28 PM)
Bronchitis seems to be finally on the mend, though I am not happy to have had to resort to such a multiplicty of pharmaceuticals to control it, including steroids.
I hope your health continues to improve
I used the Patricola because someone told me that you could actually infect woodwind instruments and I didn't want to contaminate the Howarth. Or is that just bunkum?
Anacrusis (who is a doctor) has posted several times that wood is self-sterilising.
My embouchure is totally out of shape... it collapsed after not much more than 20 mins and I had to have a rest. Oh well.
I'm sure your embouchure will come back fairly fast. The one thing I have noticed is that although I still lose my embouchure resistance rapidly if I don't play regularly it does come back faster than it used to. (My teacher also said that he stops playing totally for a month every summer and that it takes him about a week to get back into shape). He recommends just playing long notes for the first day, then long notes and scales and then he plays through the Gillet Vingt Minutes d'Etudes a couple of times
As I think I have said before, this must be the world's most boring book and the idea of playing the whole thing several times in a row ...
). I'm obviously lacking in self-discipline because when I haven't played for a while I want to play music that sounds like music
kerioboe, that's great news about the concert - a fitting end to a very productive year, I'd say!
He says I need pushing.
My teacher says that to me too
His other favourite phrase is "It'll do you good."
What is everyone else working on?
I need to get a plan together for the holidays.
His new year plans for me are (so he told me today) to get me to play loudly (his definition of loud not mine) and to work seriously on vibrato.
I now have no lessons until February. Having missed most of November, that'll be more than three months.
(I need one of those things with a tear on it!)
I forgot you were Southern Hemisphere.