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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000020.txt from 2000/04

Subj: [kl] Introductory Clarinet Books
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2000 20:48:11 -0500

While I intended to post this sooner, I hope it's not too late to mention Abe
Galper's method book for the beginning clarinetist. The book is available
from Luyben Music (800-2-luyben).

Abe's main focus is on good TONE. Most of the material in his first method
book is slurred, with minimal articulation. The book starts with simple
notes, leading up to
melodies based on nursery tunes and folk songs. Most of the music has
accompaniment chords.

There are over-the-break exercises, but fully one-half of the book is devoted
to the lower register. The chalumeau, Abe firmly believes, is the foundation
for a good clarinet tone. Of course, the lessons in Abe's book also teach
basics such as use of the left and right hand keys.

In short, Abe's book contains the fundamentals but adds a special emphasis on
tone. His is not a book that you proceed through in linear, lesson-a-day
sequence. Instead, the emphasis is on slow, thoughtful repetition. Or, as Abe
would say, "Practicing perfectly makes perfect."


Cynthia E. Field, Ph.D.
Wakefield, RI

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