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whimsical winds questions, continued!

May 10, 2011

Whimsical Winds on May 1 was the final family concert of the season. While every concert ends with a fun and educational Q & A session with the musicians, some audience members didn’t get to voice their questions. We answered some of these questions in an earlier post on the kids eye view blog, but other questions were asked to specific LACO musicians. We have now heard back from them and are happy to share their insights here!

Dagny, age 4, from Los Angeles asks:
Do your hands get sweaty when you play the instruments?

LACO horn Kristy McArthur Morrell answered: Sometimes my hands do get sweaty when I play my horn, mostly when I have to play outside in the summer time. I just keep a small towel on my knee so I can wipe off any perspiration.

Andrew, age 5, from Arcadia asks:
Do your lips and cheeks get sore when you play trumpet?

LACO principal trumpet David Washburn answered: No my lips and cheeks do not get sore when I play my trumpet. I have practiced for many hours so my lips and cheeks are used to playing trumpet. When I first started to play I was not able to play for long periods of time. And yes they did get sore in the beginning.

Asha, age 5 ½, from Los Angeles asks:
When you were little, did you whine when you practiced?

LACO principal clarinet Joshua Ranz, who was the leader of the Whimsical Winds program, answered: Sometimes I didn’t feel like practicing and I would complain about it. But my parents reminded me that if I wanted to play in band and orchestra with the other kids, I would have to learn my music. Often I didn’t like practicing, but I realized how gratifying it is to improve!

Willa, age 7, from Eagle Rock asks:
What is your favorite color?

From the three musicians we spoke to in the previous questions, we also found out their favorite colors – Kristy McArthur Morrell loves red, David Washburn is a fan of blue, and Joshua Ranz can’t get enough green.

Finally, we had one additional question come in through the online blog LA Story written by Laura Clark. Her daughter CC asks:
Why do they hold their hands inside the French horns?

Horn players put their hand inside the bell to affect the pitch. The placement of the hand helps to bend the pitch of the instrument higher or lower. Also, sometimes, the hand is used to make different sounds come out of the horn – this is called playing “stopped” horn.

Thanks to all again for joining in the fun during this season’s Family Concerts! If you missed out on any of the events, you can always catch a glimpse through LACO’s online photo gallery. We look forward to continuing the series in 2012!

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