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Offline david johnson

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Re: I'll be a clarinet performer soon ;-)
« Reply #80 on: June 29, 2012, 10:53:34 PM »
[2012-02-02]
More emphasis on beinig correct in binding notes/staccato, also breathing at the appropriate time. Currently all that exceeds my concentration span when playing after sheet with not well known music.

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The 2nd Bb (Bb'?) on a b clarinet -> http://www.mstm.de/Klarinette/aisb1.html - is that a problematic key to press? On two different clarinets, I realized if I play G-A-Bb-B-C then from G to Bb, with the same amount of breath, the Bb sound is very poor, and it gets better (free, louder) with B natural and C again. The Bb really is the poorest sounding key!

check the A key to see if it opens far enough

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Re: I'll be a clarinet performer soon ;-)
« Reply #81 on: June 29, 2012, 10:56:18 PM »
Oh, important information, for the next ~10 sessions, I have a teacherette  ;), she's a music student completing an internship[1]. My clarinet teacher is mostly just sitting there in his complete wisdom, giving hints sporadically.
She already tortured me because she demands me to already close the three lower holes whenever I play F#', G', A', G#' or Bb' (when overblowing follows). So more one thing to take care of... that tortures my brain ... It's said to sound better and of course I'm better prepared for, say B', C'' etc...

[1] This is what http://www.dict.cc/ translates for me.
Base 2? Nonono, when it comes to possible clarinet problems you at least need a decimal base in order to not get ultra long numbers.

yes, if you cover the bottom keys you're using an alternate fingering that sometimes helps tuning and makes it easier to move from those notes you mentioned to B and above.

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Re: I'll be a clarinet performer soon ;-)
« Reply #82 on: September 01, 2012, 09:12:14 AM »
Currently playing pieces with lots of changes between lower and middle register? (Bb'->B'), it works better now. Some focus on when to already cover bottom keys with the right hand, which can often be done before the overblowing is done. That is alright now, I'm now covering them at a perfect moment (if I don't forgert it :D)
Going from Bb' to B' quickly is pretty difficult, because...hmm AFAICS 9 fingers have to change position at once.
Another focus is now on articulation. My playing is... erm... clumsy. No matter if I play a dance, waltz, whatever, it all sounds like machine made.
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« Reply #83 on: January 25, 2014, 10:40:26 AM »
This forum is available on Tapatalk for Android,  great.
Long forum absence due to real life...

Still learning on a weekly basis minus school holidays.

Currently I am playing Schumann Träumerei from Kinderszenen, some very popular piece for piano... I didn't even know it!

Goal is to be more sensitive with the clarinet. My playing always is too harsh...

I'm also glad i've learned and understood the major/minor thing and also get a feeling of what the scale is when I hear a piece of music. And I found out I like the harmonic minor scale pretty much. Maybe it's often used in Klezmer?

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Re: I'll be a clarinet performer soon ;-)
« Reply #84 on: January 25, 2014, 11:14:03 AM »
Good to see you back!

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Re: I'll be a clarinet performer soon ;-)
« Reply #85 on: January 25, 2014, 11:48:25 PM »
It's the one delivered with the clarinet. The only information I can find on a middle clarinet part is "Hans Kreul, Tübingen".
We've got an additional glas mouthpiece which my wife bought but rarely used ("too cold"). "Vandoren, Paris. A2".
EDIT: Expensive hobby :) http://www.kreul.de/klarinette/preisliste/Alle/
Oooooh, it must be a great horn! My oboe is Hans Kreul, and I prefer it to many Lorees (the kind most pro oboists use).  ;D

I've got a clarinet too, a Boosey & Hawkes from Britain. (Don't laugh, Karl!) Have you tried Schumann's Romances, Opus 94? They were written for oboe, but work well for clarinet too. 8)
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Re: I'll be a clarinet performer soon ;-)
« Reply #86 on: January 26, 2014, 03:19:13 PM »
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« Reply #87 on: January 29, 2014, 11:39:48 PM »
Sorry guys, I have replied 3 times via my Android device and Tapatalk, but the messages did not appear here.

I think my technique is far from being good enough in order to appreciate specific clarinets or manufacturers... No Jochanaan, I don't know Schumann's Romances Op. 94 (usually I'm not into Schumann at all)... Will look for sheets.

Currently I'm enjoying to accompany Andreas Scholl/Mrs. Halperin in this piece, it's rather easy:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/DnILjf92pdc" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" class="bbc_link bbc_flash_disabled new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/DnILjf92pdc</a>

I wrote down the notes and play it.

I have a question - may this be a common problem for beginners? It's there in above piece (in "My heart [is a palace]"): So when I play Legato Bb'->C'' this easily and often results in a squeak. It seems you really have to be careful at this transition. Practising, practising,...

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Re: I'll be a clarinet performer soon ;-)
« Reply #88 on: January 30, 2014, 07:20:46 AM »
Across the break? Yes, nothing for it but tons of practice :)
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Re: I'll be a clarinet performer soon ;-)
« Reply #89 on: November 21, 2014, 11:51:47 PM »
We're practising Sidney Bechet - Petite Fleur currently. Lovely piece and fun to play. It's a heavy invitation to do variations :)
I must say my overall skill progresses very slowly. Playing things really clean and without mistakes is on my agenda, but close to impossible. I insist on making my beloved mistakes ;)

If I'd play in an ensemble, those would be the ensemble members:  :'( :-[ :-X ??? >:(
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Re: I'll be a clarinet performer soon ;-)
« Reply #90 on: November 22, 2014, 05:44:26 AM »
More practice  :)
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Re: I'll be a clarinet performer soon ;-)
« Reply #91 on: November 23, 2014, 02:10:32 AM »
I'm not a clarinetist, but practicing is really the only way you can logically get any better. I remember when I was in the jazz band in high school and I had to learn all of these parts (I'm a horrible sight-reader) and I missed a few notes in a live performance. Had I been better rehearsed and practiced more at home, I no doubt would have been able to breeze through the parts. Just keep at it.
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Re: I'll be a clarinet performer soon ;-)
« Reply #92 on: December 05, 2014, 11:06:06 PM »
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I'm a horrible sight-reader

So am I... Multitasking is needed, but my brain only has room for one task :) Also, I'm still deciphering and counting notes from the 2nd B onwards.

We are now done with Bechet and carry on with... I think it was... "Mambo Jambo". Have not yet had a look at it. No interest to play Christmas Music this year.

Ha, now I know where clarinet players are needed (0:55...)

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/vwLdjv5Ml5M#t=55" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" class="bbc_link bbc_flash_disabled new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/vwLdjv5Ml5M#t=55</a>
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Re: I'll be a clarinet performer soon ;-)
« Reply #93 on: May 05, 2015, 08:50:21 AM »
Practising the well known Shosta Waltz #2...