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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000583.txt from 2001/02

From: Roger Shilcock <>
Subj: Re: [kl] i'm new and i need help...FAST!
Date: Fri, 16 Feb 2001 04:20:52 -0500

Dear Natalie,
Can you play the right notes *evenly*?
If you can, just try to get the fisrst note of teach group of four on the
beat and the rest should be OK.
If you can't get the notes even anyway, 1) you need to practice runs of that
sort, building up to the right speed; 2) your instrument needs to be in
good condition.
Roger S.

In message < writes:
> 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
> gnatalie
> 'Life is a sexually transmitted disease with a death rate of 100%. We should
> do
> all we can to eradicate this terrible plague.'
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