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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.

All about Clarinets / Re: Comparing my Yamaha 4C with a Noblet 2V
« on: February 23, 2021, 08:45:05 AM »
I spend hours on this, Larry, so you're not alone.

I practice C and G  scales really slowly and once I get to the open G I start to put some of my right hand fingers down, then as I hit the A I put the rest of my right hand fingers down, and my left hand pinkie, then by the time I want to hit the B all I have to worry about is, as Dibbs said, the left hand. Takes some practice but it works. I can cross the break pretty cleanly (if slowly) now.

Something else I've discovered is that blues in C and G all seem to have lines that cross the break involving a Bb ! In fact, loads of blues seem to hover right around the break - it's like they're designed just to annoy us :-) Try "Tumbledown Blues" in the James Rae book which you have - the first 12 bars is all in the low register and the second 12 takes you across the break a few times but with the same melody.


All about Clarinets / Re: Hello
« on: February 22, 2021, 12:01:45 AM »
Thanks guys.

It's going reasonably, well. Better than expected. But even only playing for these nine months or so, lots of plateaus and frustration and nice surprises in equal measure.

Current focus is on what to play, rather than how. That's not to say I'm happy with the how -  far from it, but just trying to build some note-choice knowledge in parallel with the technique.

I think I'm going to start recording myself more, too. Every time I think I'm sounding okay a bit of recording brings back me to earth with a bump!


All about Clarinets / Hello
« on: February 21, 2021, 09:45:58 AM »
Can't find an "Introduction" section so hope it's okay to post here?

Larry S posted a mention of this place on a Facebook Beginners Group so I thought I'd come and take a look and join in. Hope that's okay, too?

I played 50 years for a couple of years at the grand old age of eight. Never got very far back then but always kept my old B&H Regent and my copy of A Tune A Day. I dug both out last June during the first UK lockdown and have been playing pretty much every day since, save for a fortnight's break when I had a wisdom tooth out. I'be made it to the end of A Tune A Day Book #1 - something I never managed 50 years ago - and have recently invested in a Buffet B12 from the local classifieds.

That's about it.


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