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All about Clarinets / Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen
« on: November 17, 2020, 11:03:51 AM »
An old African American spiritual that I originally learned on recorder ages ago. I know it by heart so I thought I'd play it on the licorice stick. Good to play slow stuff, good practice.

Dave's music video of the week / Piccolo A flat clarinet
« on: November 15, 2020, 10:34:58 AM »
Came across this via a Facebook post
Its tiny!

All about Clarinets / Free sheet music?
« on: November 13, 2020, 03:23:21 PM »
Anyone know where I can get free sheet music? How long is it before a piece becomes public domain?
I want to play Misty by Erroll Garner but I play by ear. So far I can play the main theme by listening to YouTube videos but I haven't got round to the second phrase yet. Having it on sheet would make sure I'm playing the right notes.

All about Clarinets / Sad Dance
« on: November 10, 2020, 10:00:33 AM »
A piece from the James Rae book. The tempo is marked Jazz Waltz Tempo, whatever that is...
My high A is weak. Probably weak embouchure because I don't play enough.

All about Clarinets / An important accessory
« on: October 26, 2020, 07:47:52 AM »

All about Clarinets / Undercover by James Rae
« on: September 27, 2020, 12:42:33 PM »
A piece called Undercover from a book by James Rae. Someone posted the score for me on Facebook. I learned 2 new notes, F# and Eb. Previously I was playing F sharp by using the ring only on the F key at the back. But this way is simpler, just the first fingerhole, no thumb. I ordered the book, should be with me soon.

First draft of it as it were so its a bit rough.

Music Memes / A funny
« on: August 27, 2020, 05:31:05 AM »
Found this today on Facebook

All about Clarinets / Gorgeous metal clari
« on: August 25, 2020, 04:21:15 PM »
I think these look the bees knees, and this is a nice one

All about Clarinets / Never on a Sunday
« on: August 25, 2020, 02:18:17 PM »
Never on a Sunday, a song I've come to love after first playing it on recorder. The dynamics of clarinet lend it that extra oomph.
Here's some facts about the song from Wikipedia
"Never on Sunday", also known by its original Greek title "Ta Pediá tou Pireá" ("The Children of Piraeus"), is a popular song written by Manos Hatzidakis and first sung by Melina Mercouri in the 1960 film of the same name.

All about Clarinets / Recorder/clarinet
« on: August 06, 2020, 08:55:14 AM »
A little piece called Dance Hither, in my alto recorder method book, first on alto recorder, and then on clarinet, which I haven't played in months!
I had to play the recorder part first, because if I go from clarinet (high pressure) to recorder (very low pressure) I find myself badly overblowing.

All about Clarinets / Rare paperclip bass
« on: August 06, 2020, 08:37:57 AM »
This is a photo that was uploaded to Facebook and I'm sharing it here.

It is a very rare paperclip bass clarinet, photo courtesy of Frank Diaz

All about Clarinets / Tetris anyone?
« on: May 11, 2020, 04:33:19 PM »
Anyone used to play the old computer game? Remember the music to it, from a Russian composer (Khachaturian?)

Here's my version.

Make and Model lists and research / Donut key on 1920 Buffet Bb?
« on: April 09, 2020, 09:36:15 AM »

All about Clarinets / (dreaming of) Summertime, Clarinet
« on: April 08, 2020, 08:45:30 AM »
Looking forward to when this coronavirus is over with, and though its warm and sunny out one must resist the urge to venture out, and just stay in and practice.

Dave's music video of the week / Imagine by John Lennon
« on: March 22, 2020, 10:34:54 AM »
My tongue-in-cheek take on Lennon's Imagine

Imagine there's no loo roll
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to wipe our butts on
No sanitizer too
Imagine all the people
Sneezing every day, achoo-ooo
You may say I'm a sneezer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you will shake hands
And the world will be as one.

We need to keep practicing. Don't let coronavirus kill the music. And keep smiling

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