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Clarinet Concerns and Solutions: Beyond the First Year

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Transcript of Clarinet Concerns and Solutions: Beyond the First Year

1. Tone development

2. Hand position and technique

3. Improving articulation

4. Alternate fingerings

5. Matching the correct reed
to the mouthpiece

6. Resources Clarinet Concerns
and Solutions:
Beyond the First Year Make tone development a part of
your daily band warm up and
weekly clarinet sectionals. Tone Development Use mechanism drills to aid technical development

Isolate and repeat finger combinations

Practice slowly at first and work toward
gradually faster tempos and more repetitions

Watch for these common hand position issues. Hand position and
technique development Developing faster and cleaner tonguing requires deliberate attention

It doesn't just happen

Almost all young payers will tend to stop the air when tonguing

Work for continuous air PRESSURE to prevent air from stopping as notes are tongued and fingered Improving Articulation Learning alternate fingerings is a must The ability of the player does not
entirely determine the strength of the reed!!

First, match the strength of the
reed to the mouthpiece. Reeds For Clarinets Only - Marilyn Mattei Resources... Use register slurs to
diagnose and improve embouchure issues. 1. Slow air speed
2. Corners are too loose
3. Too much bottom lip over teeth
4. Too little mouthpiece in mouth
5. Back teeth too far apart
6. Tongue is too low in the mouth
7. The bottom teeth are too far back
8. There must be sufficient pressure from the top lip. Focus on correct embouchure characteristics. LONG TONES Right thumb too far under the thumb rest Excessive finger height Right index finger hooks under E flat key Left Thumb angle must be correct 45° Left thumb moves to the body of the clarinet when playing G/A/F# Pinkies curl away from or tuck under pinky keys Improving Articulation Cont. To improve articulation style and speed, check the position of the tongue

Tip of the tongue to the top of the tip of the reed or TOP of the tip of the tongue to the top of the tip of the reed

Tonguing too low on the reed will create a sluggish, "Thooo" sound. Move tongue to the top of the tip of the reed. Improving Articulation Cont. Use a firmer tongue if the tongue is touching the reed too lightly

Keep the tip of the tongue forward, toward the reed About teaching staccato... Focus on continuous air speed and air pressure & making the notes "touch".

Next, use a light lifted style without stopping the note with the tongue

Using the tongue to stop the note too early in the process will result in a "choppy" sound. Larger tip opening = softer reed

Close tip opening = harder reed Review of above the break note reading skills for 2nd year students Resources... First Book of Practical Studies- Nilo W. Hovey Note reading skills and extended scale studies Resources... Rubank Advanced Studies for Clarinet, Vol. 1 Good for technical development. Use with your 3rd year students or more advanced 2nd year students Resources... 21 Intermediate Studies
Paula Crasborn-Mooren Scales and arpeggios disguised as fun etudes. REGISTER SLURS Bonus! There is a page of
register slur exercises in the
full handout download. Be deliberate: Have a plan

Be consistent: Do it every day

Be observant: Don't let performance get in the way of fundamentals


Marilyn Mattei

marilyn@matteimusicservices.com

www.matteimusicservices.com See the chart in your
full handout. Bonus! Full page
example in the full handout
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