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Advice on this excerpt I'm playing...

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Madi, May 30, 2016.

  1. Madi


    May 30, 2016
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  2. Gandalfe

    Gandalfe Administrator Staff Member Administrator

    Dec 26, 2007
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    Hello Madi and welcome to the forum.

    Can you tell us a little about yourself? Are you playing in school and what grade are you? How long have you been playing clarinet? Do you take lessons?
  3. Steve

    Steve Clarinet CE/Moderator Staff Member CE/Moderator

    Jan 2, 2008
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    Sometimes I feel like a frog playing a saxophone
    Welcome to WWF

    1 - Play this with a Metronome. Your beat is all over the place
    Start slowly but play to the metronome. When you don't make any mistakes then slowly increase the speed to the 100-120 bpm
    ie, start playing this at say 60bpm. Then when no mistakes, increase to 80, then 100.

    2 - Not sure if you have a teacher but your tonguing is very sloppy and needs work. I also know recording over emphasizes this problem sometimes.

    3 - To get started, Work on over playing the dynamics.

    make the Pianos as softly as your can, and the Fortes more loud and make sure the difference between the two are easily noticeable. And the mf should be in between. As you work on your upper dynamics make sure your don't start slap tonguing.

    You have to make this more "Majestic". 1st Measure, The first & third note needs to be more "bell" like (the way when you hit a bell it increases quickly then tapers off) with a slight increase in dynamics up to the long accented top F. Pieces like these can really be marked up on nearly every note on how to play it majestically. Even the 6th measure I would elevate each on beat note a bit to offer some contrast. <== but this is more for an advanced student but a teacher would possible mark this up dependent upon the student.
    Last edited: Jun 1, 2016
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