D is for DISSASSEMBLY! Take care of reed, first! Either place it in the reed case, or in your mouth while you take the clarinet apart. Swab next! Swab goes into bell end first, too! Removing the saliva from the clarinet is essential to keep the wood/plastic from breaking down. Only after reed and swabbing; carefully take apart the instrument: top to bottom...Be careful of the bridge keys across the upper and lower section, as shown. Use left hand to lift key. Each section joint may need additional wiping with your swab, as moisture can collect there also. Be sure to place the parts securely into the correct places in the case.
Okay, which do you like better? Benny Goodman? or...Artie Shaw? Plus, Benny can sing! Artie is really smooth...but Benny can make it sound SO easy! All I know is I get to play some Benny Goodman tunes in my concert Thursday with CCCB, lol.
F is for FEET! Part of good posture is to have your feet flat on the floor in front of your chair. This will positively affect tone, breathing, technique, and endurance.
Continuing my tips for beginner clarinets:
C is for CLARINET! Of course!
It is also for "Clarion" and Chalumeau: names for two of the clarinet registers.
Chalumeau is the name of the instrument our modern clarinet descended from. In 1690, Johann Christof Denner added the "register key", and a whole new range was born. The Chalumeau register is the lowest register on the clarinet. (Low E to first space F)
Clarion refers to the new, higher register (middle line B to high C), which is simply the chalumeau fingerings with the register key depressed as well. It is the middle range.
So I'm trying to figure out tech here. Just made a video on my Mac, and trying to put it here. Did it work? Did you like it?
One of the songs in my repertoire which I have also taught several students. Here is the composer's interpretation. Note the tone on the melody, the ebb and flow of the phrases, and the free sound, which truly "flows", as the title suggests!
So, I found this demo of ALL the clarinets on youtube. Some here I didn't know existed! Take a look:
Welcome! I am excited to launch a new website based on my love of music. Today's blog begins the "Clarinet Alphabet", which I wrote in 2015 as preparation for a clarinet sectional at Sparta MS band camp.
A is for ATTITUDE! Always give your best effort, listen carefully to instruction and keep a smile on your face! As with learning any new skill, it will take dedication and PRACTICE to make the sound you want to have. A is also for ASSEMBLY! Case on floor. 1) put reed in mouth 2) cork grease (if necessary) 3) assemble bottom to top: Be careful of the bridge keys across the upper and lower section, as shown in class. Use left hand to lift key. Small twisting motions. Refer to book.
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