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.


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