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All about Clarinets / Is there a trick to playing quietly ?
« on: December 14, 2020, 12:12:48 PM »
I can play at a low volume but I then get a lot of air in the tone. Is it just a matter of getting a really tight embouchure, and does that come with time?

All about Clarinets / We 3 Kings
« on: December 07, 2020, 02:34:31 AM »
A Christmas classic jazzed up a little


All about Clarinets / Avatars seem to have disappeared
« on: December 04, 2020, 03:59:35 PM »
Or is it just me? I tried to change mine and got an error saying the file area is not writable, or something like that.  I also noticed everyone else's avatars aren't showing...

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.


The Clarinet Cafe / 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.

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