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All about Clarinets / Re: Exercise 54 - October 21
« on: October 19, 2021, 11:19:56 PM »
Hi Ken

All old and cheap stuff :-)

I record direct into my PC on a Samson USB mic. I use a free and cut-down version version of Cakewalk called Sonar X1 to mix the clarinet with the backtrack. Once done everything is imported into a very old video editing programme called Power-Director.

When I one day get a new laptop I might upgrade everything, but for now the simplicity works for me and this under-powered computer.


All about Clarinets / Exercise 54 - October 21
« on: October 05, 2021, 01:01:40 PM »
This month's piece - my 16th month of playing - is an exercise from a James Rae book that I liked so much I worked it up into a mini-arrangement complete with an attempt at a harmony line and a short improv.



All about Clarinets / Summertime - Sept 21
« on: September 09, 2021, 08:40:24 AM »
I'm trying to record something each month as a measure of progress. I'm now at the 15 month stage. So here we have a low register / simple improv around Summertime.



All about Clarinets / Re: Careless Love - Acoustic Guitar and Clarinet
« on: August 17, 2021, 07:21:49 AM »
That's great, Dibbs. Lovely playing all round!


All about Clarinets / Careless Love - Acoustic Guitar and Clarinet
« on: August 15, 2021, 09:04:19 AM »
This afternoon's little session:


The clarinet is still sounding a little "honky" to me and there are a few notes where I think I need to adjust my embouchure to get the intonation right, but it's edging forward. Slowly.


All about Clarinets / Re: Clarion Reqister Quacking
« on: August 06, 2021, 10:10:14 AM »
Hi Dave

That was on a Buffet B12, Hite Premiere mpc, and Vandoren 2.5 reed.

I did a second take (attached) using my Noblet 45 - which sounds more in tune, but still suffers from the same issues tonewise. I think I might be trying to- hard!


All about Clarinets / Clarion Reqister Quacking
« on: August 05, 2021, 08:49:10 AM »
Hi One and All

I've now been playing 14 months and I think it's going ok. I reasonably happy with progress. That said, the last few months I've been focussing on the clarion register because I'm not happy with my tone there. But what's the secret? I always sound strained and force and "quacky". The link is a brief improv over Minor Swing but I think it demonstrates my frustrations. I'd like a nice round jazzy tone, instead I've got this. I mean, I'm not unhappy - I couldn't have done this a few months back - but all my long notes and scales and so on don't seem to be making much difference.



All about Clarinets / Re: Blue Monk
« on: June 17, 2021, 11:40:41 PM »
Thanks both :-)

All about Clarinets / Blue Monk
« on: June 14, 2021, 01:38:43 PM »
I'm working my way through John O'Neill's jazz clarinet book. Early days, but this arrangement of Blue Monk was nice and laid back and simple, although it goes back and forth across the break a bit, and the phrasing at the end of the chorus threw me a little.

I'm now into the second year of my playing :-)

Played on the Noblet Artist, with the Hite Premiere mpc and a Vandoren #2,5.



All about Clarinets / "The Women Get You Every Time"
« on: May 22, 2021, 12:21:24 AM »
It's getting close to a year on this journey. The destination has always been to get to a point where I can accompany myself on recordings of blues, and - later, much later - swing songs. At this point, in practical and tone terms, I can get by with the blues scale in the lower register. This exercise was about learning a new pair of blues scales - in this case A (concert G). It's very simple and restricted, and was meant to be just a demo for a proper video, but I was happy enough with the demo, that I never bothered with the video!

It's an original blues, finger-picked on an old Martin, with the Noblet Artist playing the fills.


All about Clarinets / Re: Another Blues...
« on: May 05, 2021, 10:28:11 PM »
Hi PipeTobacco

Thanks for the nice comment. I'm new to the clarinet, but have been recording and videoing the guitar for many years. That said, I've never spent much time on the recording / video technology side of things, so my methodology and technology probably leave a lot to be desired. Nevertheless...

The sound is recorded directly into my laptop via a Samson USB microphone. I record into a programme called Sonar X1, which is a cut-down version of Cakewalk. This software is very old and actually came free with the USB microphone about 15 years ago. I record the clarinet and guitar/vocals separately, and mix / pan them, then export the sound file as a WAV.

The videos were recorded (at the same time as the audio) on a regular digital camera. In this case a Panasonic with a flip-screen which makes it really easy to see what the camera is recording.

I then imported the sound file and two video files into a video editing programme called Power Director. I use a copy of version 13 which was about a tenner on eBay. In Power Director I synch the sound file to the two videos (it's easy because the videos have audio, too) and once synched I turn off the audio from the videos (this is as easy as unchecking a check box) so I'm only hearing the audio from the USB mic, which is better quality. Then it's just a case of creating a master video track by cutting sections from each file to make the final "spliced" file. There are lots of other effects I could have added - fade-ins, zooms, and so on- but here it was just a quick and dirty effort.

It's all a bit of a faff to be honest, so I don't do it very often. And I tend to go with first takes because of all the stopping and starting - hence the squeak at the end. But the end result can be passable.


All about Clarinets / Another Blues...
« on: May 05, 2021, 09:35:16 AM »
This is a simple blues in Bb - so C on the clarinet - to practice and, hopefully help memorise, a couple of turnaround licks. I used the B12 here, rather than the Noblet simply because it was out and on the stand. It's just over 11 months since i started this journey and this outlines the territory that I'm aiming for, although I feel like I'm looking at the travel brochure before even booking my trip, let alone commencing the travel, or even arriving in the same country, let alone that territory...



All about Clarinets / Re: Two Major and Minor Blues Licks
« on: March 24, 2021, 09:36:02 AM »
Thanks Windy.

No, nothing else, other than 45+ years of picking a guitar in various styles.

I played the clarinet 50 years ago at school for a couple of years - never got more than half way through A Tune A Day book # 1. Took it up again in lock-down last June and have played most days since (and have just started A Tune A Day book # 2). When lock-down is eventually over my practice time is likely to reduce, so I've been pushing hard to get in as much progress as I can.

Hopefully I'll get to the stage where I can play a few blues and ballads and simple swing standards.


All about Clarinets / Two Major and Minor Blues Licks
« on: March 24, 2021, 12:33:40 AM »
I thought it was about time I posted a video of some playing for comment / observations / tips etc

I'm a whisker under 10 months in on this journey. Amongst many other things, I'm working through a wonderful (non clarinet) book called The Blues Scale by Dan Greenblatt. It's slow going, not because it's difficult, but because I find it hard to memorise the licks in the book. Anyway, these are four licks I came up with being played over one of Dan's backing tracks.

Clarinet is a Noblet Artist 45 with a (loose!) Hite Premier mouthpiece and a Vandoren 2.5 reed.



All about Clarinets / Re: Trying out strength 3 reeds
« on: March 15, 2021, 12:18:19 AM »
Exactly the same here - Rico # 3 or Vandoren 2.5s are my sweet spot, too. I do have a box of 10 Vandoren#3s and one of them is really easy to play - but the rest are just that bit too hard. All that said, things might change when I've been playing a bit longer.

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