Meri’s Musical Musings

Random thoughts on Music, September 24, 2009

Posted on: September 24, 2009

Just thought I’d share a few ideas I tried out in my practicing that worked really well recently.

Sometimes it can be hard to adjust between the length of a B flat clarinet and an A clarinet, especially with the right little finger keys. I found it helps to play a few scales on the A clarinet to get used to the slight difference in the length in the instruments. You might also consider practicing at least a few of the early intermediate to intermediate studies on the A as well as the B flat. You can do this also with the smaller clarinets, though I find it pretty easy to adjust to a smaller clarinet, such as the E flat soprano.

Sometimes if you are having trouble playing a particular passage even though you’ve practiced it quite a bit, you might want to write in a reminder in your music to “Take it easy” or “Relax”.

With important breath marks, especially those that come before long phrases, I like to write in “deep.”

There is the tendency to rush fast scale passages. What helps to aim for eveness is the make them feel like the distance is very slightly increasing from the previous note, especially towards the end of the fast scale passages.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


  • None
  • V V: Wish I had read this before I fell for their scheme ! Oh well - have posted my experience on Yelp and N49 and hoping others can avoid the pain of fal
  • clariniano: Thanks for the additional information. It was actually Yelp that deleted my reviews, because of so-called bias. I too have seen the horrible technique
  • No Thanks: Former Teacher at the Ontario Conservatory of Music I took lessons at the Ontario Conservatory and when I left for private lessons from another tea
%d bloggers like this: