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Offline LarryS

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Playing in the clarion range
« on: January 13, 2019, 04:13:18 PM »
I was playing Ode to Joy earlier, normal chalumeau range stuff, and I wondered how far I could get in the clarion range. I quite surprised myself how easy it was compared to last year!
I'd been watching some beginner tutorial videos to tighten up my embouchure and such and it helped me see how I've inproved!

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Re: Playing in the clarion range
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2019, 12:46:27 PM »
That's great progress Larry. I hear the fun you're having. I was amazed as well how simply time and practice made my range extend higher without seemingly without trying, over the course of 2 years since I re-started clarinet playing.
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Re: Playing in the clarion range
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2019, 04:41:43 PM »
Today I switched to a Vandoren reed after giving it a good soak, and the playing came easy. I knocked off Vincent by Don Mclean quite easily.
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Re: Playing in the clarion range
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2019, 02:25:36 PM »
Surprisingly, long tones and careful listening speeds up the process; I hope that you are including these in your sessions. I often practice my long tones standing 1-2 meters from a high quality microphone with closed-back headphones on (I use Sennheiser HD-280 phones and either a large diaphragm condenser or my Sennheiser 421 dynamic.
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Re: Playing in the clarion range
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2019, 08:32:21 AM »
Surprisingly, long tones and careful listening speeds up the process; I hope that you are including these in your sessions. I often practice my long tones standing 1-2 meters from a high quality microphone with closed-back headphones on (I use Sennheiser HD-280 phones and either a large diaphragm condenser or my Sennheiser 421 dynamic.
Yea I practice long notes every day, up and down the first scale (chalumeau range), often with a metronome set to 80:

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Re: Playing in the clarion range
« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2019, 09:03:11 AM »
They're not really long enough imho.  Maybe 2 or 3 times as long.   It's also good do it with dynamics pp-ff-pp and ff-pp-ff keeping the pitch and timbre as stable as possible.

Like this guy explains

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPo_ZctgkJg






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Re: Playing in the clarion range
« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2019, 10:26:47 AM »
They're not really long enough imho.  Maybe 2 or 3 times as long.   It's also good do it with dynamics pp-ff-pp and ff-pp-ff keeping the pitch and timbre as stable as possible.

Like this guy explains

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPo_ZctgkJg
Trouble is I'm quite unfit and can't hold my breath like I used to.
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Re: Playing in the clarion range
« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2019, 02:17:39 PM »
re: breathing and tone support.

The all time authority on the subject is Arnold Jacobs, longtime tubist with the Chicago Symphony.  His principles have been condensed by some of his students into a program called Breathing Gym, which I recommend without hesitation.  Just do a Google search, and several examples of exercises are available on YouTube.

We have used this from the get-go with the school band I am working with, and the results have been tremendous.  It's so much easier to tune when you actually have support and develop a real pitch center.
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Re: Playing in the clarion range
« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2019, 05:29:07 AM »
Well I watched that youtube video ^, thanks for that. I managed to do what he said too, easier than I thought. The only problem I'm getting is there's a lot of air in quiet notes. It sounds bubbly and rattly. I expect thats my embouchure that needs training?
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