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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000706.txt from 1999/01

From: David Blumberg <>
Subj: [kl] Re: Christmas Carols in Galper method
Date: Sat, 16 Jan 1999 10:53:18 -0500

Dan wrote:
Clarinet Methods:
The Galper series "clarinet for beginners bk.1" is an extremely thorough,
well thought out tutor for the beginner to intermed. student. Refreshing
There is nothing to throw away. Every exercise flows naturally to the
next. The exercises are necessarily brief. Tunes are logically placed after
technical exercises. A great long term resource; It takes most students at
least 2 years to get through. It is used in tandem with many band
programmes here in Northern Alberta.
Drawbacks: My Jewish students are a little reluctant about playing the 4 or
so Xmas Carrols till I suggest to them that they probably originated as
pagan drinking songs. I don't know. I am a little curious as to how Boosey
gave up the rights to such an excellent method book. Now available through


Wow, none of my Jewish students at all mind the couple of Christmas songs.
In fact, when I sometimes skip them, they ASK to play them. It's a shame
how uptight some folks are.... Those carols are harmless, it's not like
they are playing "Jesus Loves the Little Children".
Abe put out a new series titled Clarinet Method (books 1 and 2), replacing
the "Clarinet for Beginners" series. I like them better. More instructional.

David Blumberg - My Tempo Accompaniments for Woodwind Players

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