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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000575.txt from 2001/02

From: "Wildfire Coconut" <>
Subj: [kl] i'm new and i need help...FAST!
Date: Thu, 15 Feb 2001 19:03:10 -0500

k, first off, i've been lurking for about a week so i have finally decided
to come out and introduce myself. my name is natalie. i'm a freshman in high
school. i've been playing the clarinet for 2 years and after chair auditions
i some how became 1st chair in the high school band. but now the girl below
me is gonna challenge me tomorrow to try to get my chair [BTW, i think she
deserves more than i do since she's been playing for 4 years longer than i
have and i think she's better then me anyways. but then again i don't want
to lose my chair ;) ]. so anyways, the reason i going on about all of this
is because in our 'challenge' we each play 5 chromatically adjacent scales
(i've got that down) and out chromatic scale (easy) and measures 236 to 251
(which is all 16th notes) in our version of marriage of figaro for our band
director. i'm guessing you all know how fun that piece is. i can play all
the right notes but i cannot keep a steady beat for my life (just on this
one part), even when the band director is conducting or when i use a
metronome. i'll rush and then slow down and rush again and blah blah blah,
you get the point. and i've tried everything-playing it in 4/4, taking 5
notes at a time, making it kind of swing-ish. and yes i know this is short
notice but does anyone know a good technique for me to use to help me with
the tempo? i'm getting desparate here...*tear drop* thanx

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