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All about Clarinets / Re: Metal clarinet barrel
« Last post by jdbassplayer on May 15, 2022, 03:48:39 PM »
Overall dimensions of metal clarinet barrels vary considerably. For example length can vary from 40mm to 67mm depending on the instrument, and that doesn't even take into account that some barrels have tenons and some have sockets. I think measuring your other clarinet and going from there is a great starting point.
All about Clarinets / Re: Metal clarinet barrel
« Last post by Jfrejo on May 15, 2022, 08:42:31 AM »
Thank you  for the response, I agree with you. I am just looking to get a starting point like overall dimensions, mainly height. I can adjust dimensions as needed. If it comes down to it I will just measure my wood clarinet height and subtract the difference and go from there. It’s not a  difficult part to machine.
All about Clarinets / Re: Metal clarinet barrel
« Last post by DaveLeBlanc on May 15, 2022, 06:49:38 AM »
I would be hesitant about that, as not all barrels are interchangeable - just like how wood or other barrels are not always even going to physically fit.
All about Clarinets / Metal clarinet barrel
« Last post by Jfrejo on May 14, 2022, 08:04:57 PM »
I have a Penzel Mueller Artists metal clarinet without the barrel. Is there anyone that might be able to post measurements of the barrel or a barrel from some other metal clarinet so I can machine one to fit.
Thank you,
All about Clarinets / Re: Clarinet Pads vs Saxophone Pads
« Last post by jdbassplayer on May 11, 2022, 08:46:22 AM »
Generally "bass clarinet" pads made by Pisoni, Music Medic and other manufacturers are made thinner (usually around 3.2-3.5mm) than sax pads (3.8+mm). Most bass clarinets including Vitos need a mix of the thinner bass clarinet pads on the top and sax pads on the bottom. For example, On a Buffet I just overhauled I used Ferree's B32s (3.2mm) for everything from RH2 up and B42s (4.7mm) For RH3 downward. This is pretty standard on most bass clarinets. I would not try to use sax pads on the top end of the instrument.
All about Clarinets / Re: All of Me - Melody Only, Just Once Through
« Last post by delb0y on May 11, 2022, 05:48:40 AM »
You’ll be delighted to hear this is the final instalment in this mini-series. I’ve stuck to the idea of improvising around the melody, adding in some root notes here and there to help me keep my place. I’ve used arpeggios, and a few chromatics, and this time added in a couple of blues runs from all the work I’ve done there. It's taken a week of focussed work, but I think it’s a passable attempt at a few improvised choruses and now it’s time to apply the methodology to another song to see if I can replicate the idea and keep on progressing.


All about Clarinets / Clarinet Pads vs Saxophone Pads
« Last post by RMcCarty on May 11, 2022, 03:22:49 AM »
Hello All-
I have a beginners question - is there any difference between a plain ( no resonator ) saxophone pad and a clarinet pad of the same thickness and similar materials?
I am attempting to overhaul an old Vito bass clarinet and it appears to need pads of 3 different thicknesses with the bottom 6 definitely being sax pads as they are very thick and have resonators. Can I use sax pads (of the correct thickness) for the rest or will that cause trouble down the road?

All about Clarinets / Re: All of Me - Melody Only, Just Once Through
« Last post by delb0y on May 09, 2022, 12:35:51 PM »
Thanks Windy!

I didn't record the next couple of steps as they were boring - essentially just playing the triads over the backing track, and then, once happy with that, adding in the sevenths.

That got me to this stage - improvising using the melody, the occasional root note (again, to prove to myself that I know where I am), and now some of those arpeggios.

Still a  long way to go, but the path appears to be a good one, thus far...


All about Clarinets / Re: All of Me - Melody Only, Just Once Through
« Last post by windydankoff on May 07, 2022, 03:00:50 PM »
I admire your methodical process. It looks like a good foundation for what you'll be able to do intuitively with any song. Keep it up!
All about Clarinets / Re: All of Me - Melody Only, Just Once Through
« Last post by delb0y on May 06, 2022, 05:59:58 AM »
This is part two (well Parts 1b and 1c) of this multi-stage project. I'm still at the stage of learning the tune - so the first run through is just the root notes. Nothing exciting, just me making sure I know the very basic structure. As I'm playing this I'm trying to hear the melody in my head, with the intent of knowing, at any give time, what the melody and the chord is. This is a bit boring on this tune as most of the chords last two bars, but it's the principle I'm testing here. The second half is the melody again, but this time I'm dropping in some random notes from the chord at any given time to ensure I'm following the changes / melody. What's nice is that already I'm feeling like I could play some variations on the melody that would be passable. Next stage will be to start playing some arpeggios over the changes. Watch this thread...

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