dinsdag 28 oktober 2014
maandag 27 oktober 2014
zondag 19 oktober 2014
I am insecure, yup. Never really sure of anything.
Sometimes I still doubt whether this profession is the right one for me. I told this to a good friend of mine two weeks ago and he couldn't imagine that I would doubt this. But I do. It's hard work, very hard work. And a couple of times per year I get the reward that makes up for everything: a concert where everything falls into its place. And they're rare, maximum two times a year.
And sometimes I doubt everything. If I can do this. Studying all the parts, improving myself and everything else that's also a part of making music and in the end takes up much more time than the actual playing.
I warn my students about this. Doing this profession means that you have to keep giving input the whole time.
When I decided I was going to be a professional musician my teachers in high school warned me. I had to be really good to succeed. Some even laughed and wondered what I could do with a conservatory education. And now I am here, doing all this great stuff. I proved all them wrong. But that's when the hard part starts. Keeping going....
And I am. But I do have one strong conviction that I share with my students. In life I can always go right or left. I told myself that I am going to to that direction where my heart lies, even if that means I have to stop playing.
I almost did stop. In 2008 I was severely injured and I gave myself the chance to stop playing during my recovery period. But I didn't. I even made a record with music for one handed saxophone.
I have no discovered photography and sometimes I wonder if that wouldn't be a better career choice. But then I realize I have to do the same stuff in photography as in music if I want to be succesful. It never comes by itself.
donderdag 16 oktober 2014
"It was a great pleasure for me to have original instruments of Adolphe Sax on my desk for several times. Apart from measuring them, some of these instruments were in a playable condition. Their charming character left a persuasive impression behind."
Interesting material by Marten Postma:
It was a great pleasure for me to have original instruments of Adolphe Sax on my desk for several times. Apart from measuring them, some of these instruments were in a playable condition. Their charming character left a persuasive impression behind.
Unlike many other people, who might want to obtain such an instrument for themselves, it was my idea to build an instrument with a similar bore profile, but then with a more fully equipped and more modern mechanism. The question arises whether or not we have lost 'something' in the course of history by straightening the cone and if so, at the expense of or in the favour of what?
This started a new project and a new chapter to my website, which chapter will keep close track of the developments of this project. Pages will be added, supplemented and be rewritten as the project unfolds.
But there is a beginning; keep on reading!
Among musicians little is known about the physics of the saxophone.
Written as much as possible in daily language,
this site seeks to reduce the saxophone to common sense.