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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000325.txt from 1998/04

From: Jennifer Rose McKenna <>
Subj: Re: Rhapsody Slur
Date: Tue, 7 Apr 1998 16:03:06 -0400

If I remeber correctly the slur comes from the throat and fingers not the

Jennifer McKenna
university of north texas
music ed major/clarinet concentration

On Tue, 7 Apr 1998 00:58:11 -0600 (MDT) "Joshua M. Coleman"
<joshcole@-----.Edu> wrote:
> Jason Hsien asked about the Rhapsody "slur" from low G to high C.
> I take it you mean the opener, right?
> The way I did the opening lick last year (my band director asked me to
> perform the first 8 measures of the lead clarinet part for our elementary
> school tour!) was a combination of (I know Dr. Borchert will kill me for
> this!) embouchure and finger sliding. Basically, I played a scale up to
> the G, and then I did a slide up to the C using a loosened embouchure
> (slightly loosened, to get that annoying flat sound!) and slowly pulling
> my fingers off of the keys, starting with my right ring finger, middle,
> and index. Of course, the easiest way to do it is to think that the gliss
> is cake. Then, since you won't think it's hard to do, it won't be!
> Good luck!
> Joshua M. Coleman
> (Under construction always because I have NO TIME to do anything with it!)
> If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to
> see it, do the other trees make fun of it?
> If an elephant falls, which suffers more: the elephant or the ground?

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