Yeeeah. I recorded some lines for a friend and found out that I have a lisp. I always thought that it was just the microphone.
Nope. I found out yesterdaythat I have a lisp. I’ve been speaking for 19 years. How did I never realize this?
Whether it’s instrumental or voice, I always feel really awk listening to a recording of myself for the first couple times… you notice so many things you don’t even think about while you’re performing. Recording yourself is a great way to analyze your practice habits, though.
Though I’m not doing much right now other than working, I’ve got a lot of exciting things lined up that I’ll discuss more when the time comes.
June 10-13: 2012 Conn-Selmer Institute
June 20-?: Men’s Barbershop Camp
June 29-30: Wedding Gig
July 7-13: World Choir Games
Alongside these events I’m joining my local community band on Tues evenings, joining church orchestra and choir on Sat evenings and Sun mornings, giving trumpet lessons, taking private lessons on guitar/voice/percussion/trumpet, and overall gearing up for when I go back to school in August. Oh, and I get to show up to school essentially 2 weeks early for marching band because I’m one of three trumpet section leaders. Whoo!
Right now I’m a second year Instrumental MusEd student with a focus on trumpet. I’ve been wanting to add on Vocal Ed to my degree for awhile, but I finally bucked up and decided to talk to the dept. head today. It looks like if I follow through with it the way that’s “recommended,” I will be here for at least 3 more years… maybe even an extra semester on top of that….
My preference is in instrumental. I want to do public high school for awhile and eventually get a masters/doctorate in conducting and be a Director of Bands at a uni; however, I love choral music, and the more time I’m here studying music the more I want to learn about voice. I’ve taken vocal lessons before, and I can actually read music and sing fairly well, but right now i’m leaning 51% instr and 49% voice… I’m not sure if the extra time would really be worth it… and I don’t have a strong choral background because most of my experience is in instrumental.
The only other option that won’t kill me is just to get a taste of the choral curriculum (lessons, basic tech/methods classes, etc.), but not enough to be fully licensed. Two years after I graduate (2016) I can take some 2-4 week workshops and get Voice Ed added to my Instr./General Ed license.
So yeah. Thoughts?