Learning the Clarinet
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I look at my clarinet sometimes and I think, I wonder what’s going to come out of there tonight? You never know. – Acker Bilk
When Jean Russell picked up the clarinet at 90 years of age, it was not the first time she had done so. However, 70 years had passed since Jean had last played this beautiful instrument. Here she is in a short video, telling people that it is never to late to give it a try.
Many people find pleasure in playing an instrument but the benefits don’t stop there. The saying that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, does not apply. In a recent study, people aged 65 or over who had been learning an instrument for over 4 months, showed major changes in the brain. They performed better on word recall, non verbal memory and cognitive flexibility. The theory is that you are never too old to learn, but you become old when you stop learning.
Kathy Williams has kindly filmed herself during a practice session on her clarinet. Kathy is a professional clarinet player, performing in concerts in the Brisbane area. What is particularly inspiring about this video is that it shows those of us who are just learning, that even the pro’s struggle.
Frequently you see Kathy stop and start a sequence again, just as a beginner does, the only difference is that she has been practising longer.
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