This is my clarinet. It is a low pitch Buffet clarinet made around 1910. The register key is in the front. I think having the register key in the front and not inside the instrument allows for more flexibility in the sound and resonance in the upper register, but I could also be making that up. This horn does have a special sound though.
Last week for me was a lesson in why you should get your flu shot. The flu is zero fun. I am back now and ready to start again.
Listen: Polonaise, French Suite No 6 – Bach Duets
I have been a bit too relaxed on working on studies. This week has been primarily chromatic work. However, the studies, though extremely boring are still more interesting to listen to than chromatics. I am attaching Study No 5 for developing strength and accuracy in the thumb and first finger for the left hand by Kalmen Opperman. He is not kidding either. This piece I could really hear when the hands did not line up. I had to focus on light fingers, no wrist movement and the alignment of fingers hitting exactly in sync with each other. If you listen to the study you will probably also notice that it is time for a new box of reeds. I sound like Gervase de Peyer, spread and grumbly. With that said, I love to listen to Gervase and find him to be extremely musical.
Clarinet choir day at U of I in high school was something I went to every year and thought nothing of it. I thought that this was something everyone anywhere would have access too. Now I realize what a gift it was and that it took people like Harvey Hermann with his dedication to the arts and dedication to pedagogy to make days special by hosting events like that. Besides running the clarinet choir, he used to teach 80 students a week and is responsible for creating one of the largest libraries of music arranged for clarinet choir. Click on Harvey in green above to link you to his arrangements of music available for sale. I may just have to start a library.
Clarinet Practice – Duets
French Suite No 3 Menuet…..
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………………………Bach French Suite No3 – Menuet…………………