Starting Over….again.

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Now that my wife and I have finally opened and disposed of 90% of the moving boxes we escorted from Branson, Missouri to Denton, Texas, I found it necessary to begin practicing again after a three week hiatus. My enthusiasm was peaking and my chops were failing me the first day but I persevered. The next day, while visiting with our very nice neighbors I realized that everyone in the neighborhood enjoyed my first practice session!

My music room in Branson was designed to fill all of my playing and recording needs which included sound dampening, acoustical modifications and neighbors who were only there about one week every two months.

My office and practice room now is about one-third the size and my wall facing the street has two large, sound transmitting windows!

So, as I sit here watching my neighbors pedaling their custom bicycles past my front yard, I am faced with the realization that in order to be identified as a “good neighbor”, I have to tone down my office or start learning to play a flute and due to the fact that I played flute and found it moderately interesting, I decided to do a series of posts which follow my adventure of volume and acoustical adjustments to our new home.

In the past, several of our readers have asked questions about how they can practice in limited areas such as apartments and similar close quarters and for that reason I thought it might be of some value to report on my progress in my new abode.

Check back in a couple days to see if I have made any improvement or will I be relegated to a neighboring cow pasture to practice my Clarke technical Studies.

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Bruce Chidester

Bruce was a member of the faculty at the University of Northern Iowa, School of Music in Cedar Falls from 1969 until his retirement in 1999. He has performed with many well-known entertainers such as Bob Hope, Jim Nabors, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Anita Bryant, Carman Cavalara, Victor Borgie, the Four Freshman, Blackstone the Magician, Bobby Vinton and John Davidson.

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