cortezimoto A sneak peak at what's happening with #VirtualBand!! After this the clips will be sent to @twincomposers to be professionally mixed! Fancy stuff right? And finally I have to do some insane video effects then it will be done! #itstakingforever #butitsworthit 2d

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cortezimoto This is me right now haha. So if you've commented on anything, made a request, or are otherwise waiting on me for anything, please bear with me. I'm very busy!
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Don't forget to make a #VirtualCreation today! I'll pick one to repost in a few hours.
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cortezimoto Here's a #REQUEST from @bee_doug! It's the rediculous my cool (and difficult) clafinet solo in "sing, sing, sing" by Benny Goodman! I didn't learn it perfectly or quite up to tempo, but it's a seriously cool piece and very fun to play. Thanks @bee_doug for the challenge!!
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If you've made a request and I haven't make it yet, please don't fear. I'm very busy and I'm SLOWLY getting to them! There's only one of me haha. Thanks for understanding #clarinet #jazz clarinet #jazz #solo #bennyGoodman
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cortezimoto This Monday's FEATURED #VirtualCreation is from @i_like_to_music who has seriously been impressing me with his newfound flute playing abilities. I think he started less than a year ago and look where he is now! I love the amount of music he puts out. Keep doing what you're doing!!
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If you want a chance to be featured on my page, then make your own #VirtualCreation! And use the hashtag! #clarinet #flute #duet #VirtualDuet
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cortezimoto You know it's not real when your reflection is playing a duet with you. But it's COOL! Make your own #virtualcreation and tomorrow I'll pick one and feature it on my page!! #clarinet #duet #mirror #reflection 2w

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cortezimoto A cannon I got to play with the masters teaching assistant Victoria! She's really amazing at clarinet and this is her last year at UNC so I figured I'd start recording the duets we make during lessons #clarinet 2w

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cortezimoto This is étude number 5 out of The Rose 32 book. It's good to practice slow etudes. They're actually my favorite because they tell their own story. A fun challenge is to create your own narrative to go along with each line of music, and be EXTRA musical. It's difficult but will make you fall in love with slow etudes. #étude #clarinet #lyrical 3w

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cortezimoto When you're playing duets with the best bass clarinetist ever and some @clarinetprotips - like shenanigans start happening. #clarinetprotips #clarinet #shenanigans 3w

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cortezimoto This Monday's featured #VirtualCreation comes from @priscillapova who once again wows with her video game music! Thanks for submitting! 1mon

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cortezimoto This Monday's featured #VirtualCreation is by @peachmoose! Are there any fans of the Office out there? A very unique way to play this! I love it!
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Want a hence to be featured on my page? Post your own #VirtualCreation with the hashtag #VirtualCreation and you hill have a chance to be featured ever Monday!
1mon

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cortezimoto This #VirtualDuet is called "the witches and the pumpkins!" It's sort of creepy but very cool.
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Hey musicians of Instagram, make your own #VirtualDuet! And when you do tag it with #VirtualCreation. Every Monday j pick one and feature it on my page! It's tons of fun and you get to exist forever on my page! #doit #clarinet
1mon

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cortezimoto This #request came from @rebecca_danielle11 and I must say this piece is pretty challenging.

I played this piece with a metronome. Obviously you won't perform it this way, but I think you definitely need a metronome to help you figure out the tricky rhythm. My advice to help with the rhythm would be to identify all the quarter note Beatles so you know where you need to be at each beat of the metronome. I know mine wasn't perfect. But with practice anyone can get this! Thanks @rebecca_danielle11 for the request!

You can make your own request to me by messaging me a piece of music.
1mon

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cortezimoto This Monday's featured #VirtualCreation is by @Priscillapova playing some more video game music for us! I'm starting to sense a theme! I'm so thrilled with the talent in seeing in #VirtualCreations submitted to me! Keep it up everyone! For your own chance to be featured on my page, make your own virtual creation and use the hashtag #virtualcreation !! 2mon

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cortezimoto This #request came from @abinkassim! I hope this works! This piece looks easy but it's quite fast so practice it until it's up to speed!

Want to make a request? DM me a piece of music and I'll perform it for you! #clarinet #Beethoven
2mon

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cortezimoto This #request came from @awesomeclarinetplayerness who gave me such a cool piece. I think the hardest thing about this piece is the accidentals, so with time, you'll get it. Practice slow with a metronome, one thing my professor told me is that if you can't play it perfectly then you need to slow down or used mixed rhythms. Play this piece so slowly that you nail it, include dynamics at the slow tempo and articulate correctly and you'll build a very good foundation for the piece later. You'll thank yourself!

If you want to make a #request, just DM me some music and I'll post it for you! #clarinet #solo #accidentals #ILoveTakingRequests
2mon

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cortezimoto Somehow Sam's #VirtualBand audition was missed during the judging process, soooooo she gets a shoutout! And she also got her placement in the band as 2nd chair trumpet. She's very good, and we are all glad we found her audition in time! Sorry @sam_din_
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cortezimoto This came as a request from @cboswell101
This piece is VERY difficult. I've been working on it for a few days now and it's still very rough. But here's a few suggestions for @cboswell101 and anyone else who may be playing this piece...
1- those grace notes are some of the hardest grace notes to play ever, so what I did to make it a little easier was land on the c# that comes before the grace notes with both my right pinkie (on the right C# key) and my left pinkie (on the left B key) and this makes it easy to trill really fast from B to C# because all you have to do is lift your right finger and put it back down quickly
2- practice SLOWLY with a metronome. If what you're playing is too difficult to play PERFECTLY then you're going to fast. Obviously my video want perfect, but I also didn't spend the amount of time that I should have to make this up to par as an audition piece. Lots of slow metronome work is necessity.
3- make sure you have a responsive reed. Playing this piece on a hard reed will be frustrating sue to the jumps over the break so make it easy on yourself and always play on a softer or more responsive reed.

if you want to send in a request for me to play, simply direct message me a screenshot of your music, and I'll work on it and post it! #clarinet #request #cortezimoto
2mon

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cortezimoto Today's FEATURED #VirtualCreation repost is by @mbassett82 who is a fantastic musician and makes lots of wonderful video game VirtualCreations like this, give him a follow!

Want a chance to be featured on my page? Make your own #VirtualCreation and every Monday I'll look through them and repost one!
2mon

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cortezimoto Such a cool duet I found in the Voxman advanced clarinet duet book! Sorry I haven't posted in a while I've been on a retreat at the YMCA! I'm back and ready to get my music on! #VirtualDuet #Clarinet #duet 2mon
  •   mirandadaley How do you get the vertical alignment of your virtual creations to be so perfect? The metronome in mine is always off just the slightest and I need tips @cortezimoto 2mon
  •   keymusiclife Can u do that Lol @brandi_boo1330 2mon
  •   cortezimoto @mirandadaley when I make them and I'm aligning the videos, I listen for the sound of the metronome. If you can't hear it, then just align the videos to the beat of the metronome that comes before you play. It's a lot easier to align it that way because the metronome is solid while our entrances are not. Make sure there is no space of blank noise that comes before the beat. Sometimes I like to align it right in the middle of the metronome beep, sort of to cut it I half or cut the first beep short. Make sense? Then you know there's no space and you can listen to make sure you've cut the same duration of the beep off. 2mon
  •   mirandadaley @cortezimoto that does make sense! Thank you! Can I align them using PicPlayPost? 2mon
  •   cortezimoto @mirandadaley omg sorry for the super late response. Yes. You can align them using #Picplaypost 1mon

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cortezimoto 2014 was a great year. Thank you for being a part of my year! I can't wait to make 2015 even greater!! #2014 #2015 #newyears #greatyear #lovemyfollowers 2mon

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