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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000598.txt from 2001/02

From: "Tim Roberts" <>
Subj: [kl] Re: i'm new and i need help...FAST!
Date: Fri, 16 Feb 2001 12:59:59 -0500

On Thu, 15 Feb 2001 19:03:10 -0500, "Wildfire Coconut" wrote:
>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.

Assuming it's the same transcription we played, that's the big lead-up to the
finale, just before the final repeat, starting at middle C and running up to
high C, yes? I've found it quite helpful to try to find the patterns in
sections like this. Most of this is just consecutive notes in the C scale.
There is no leap bigger than a third. Further, much of this 16-bar section is
repeated. The second 8 bars is exactly like the first 8 bars, taken up an
octave. The second 2 bars is just like the first 2 bars, up a third.

I'm guessing your biggest problem happens when it goes back and forth over the
break several times. Many players have to pause while they raise or lower both
hands at the same time. It might help you to realize that, in this excerpt,
once you cross the break on the way up, you can leave your right hand down.
Starting in bar eight, you have B-A-G-A-B-C-D-B, C-B-A-G-A-G-A-B. The A and G
throat tones here will play just as well with the right hand still fingering B.

I like this transcription, and I especially like this excerpt. However, I was
blessed/cursed with a very accurate metronome in my brain.

- Tim Roberts,
Providenza & Boekelheide, Inc.

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