QUOTE(louise1712 @ Jan 20 2012, 01:59 PM)
QUOTE(louise1712 @ Jan 20 2012, 08:21 AM)
QUOTE(louise1712 @ Jan 19 2012, 01:37 PM)
bassoonista has been before, I'll give her a nudge at band tonight if she hasn't replied
Must admit, I'm looking forward to concentrating on music for a few days
nudged bassoonista last night
think she said she would post a reply.....
and talking of post, must remember to post a cheque to Benslow....
Consider myself nudged
!!! You can arrive at Benslow any time after around 4pm, and from then until the evening meal, there is a coffee and cake get to know you session. Each night, there is a playing session after dinner followed by the bar opening, and each morning between sessions, there is a morning coffee hour, so you would have plenty of time to get to know people. However, I would still be inclined to go residential rather than going home each day, unless home was very close, or I was needed at home. This is because I find the constant level of concentration to be high, and I would find it too tiring to drive to and fro on top of the playing. Also, you have to take into account the cost of petrol..is the price difference between residential and non residential enough to justify not staying over?
As to stamina, the course does wonders for both that and technique. The first time I attended, the last day from around 11am onwards was shot, as my embouchure had gone, and I could only produce weird and wonderful gastric sound effects! However, last year, I was able to play for the full course. On both occasions, during my first lesson after the course, my teacher remarked on the improvement in all areas of my playing and reading.
Hope this is of some help with your decision