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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000088.txt from 2001/07

From: "David McClune" <dmcclune@-----.edu>
Subj: Re: [kl] HELP!!!!
Date: Tue, 3 Jul 2001 09:53:29 -0400

First, play a high c and try to flatten it. You should be able to drop =
the pitch at least a fourth to a sixth. You do this by a combination of =
dropping the jaw and radically changing the tongue and throat positions. =
It feels like my tongues depresses very low in the mouth and the throat is =
excessivly open. Practice sliding down and up, down and up, etc. Then =
try flattening the g (top of the staff) it will not gliss as far, but will =
gliss down. Then practice playing a tuing c, lifting the fingers for that =
g but do not change pitch. SOunds crazy. The instant you change to the =
higher pitch, your tongue should drop and throat open up, like in =
practice. =20

The challange is making the gliss smooth. Good luck.

David

>>> jm028f@-----.com 07/03/01 08:26 AM >>>
I've been hesitant and embarrassed to ask for your help until now but
desperate times call for desperate measures...The opening of Rhapsody in
Blue has plagued me since I was thirteen years old and lost the part at a
music camp due to the fact that I was (and still) unable to "smear." Now =
a
professional opportunity has come up for me to play this solo. I am a
conservatory trained clarinetist who unfortunately has really never had =
the
experience or opportunity to study or play any other styles of music other
than classical. I have consulted with classical clarinetists and jazz sax
people who can "smear" I have gotten their two cents but am still unable =
to
do it. I have tried dropping my jaw, loosening my embouchure, softer =
reeds,
a open mouthpiece, sliding fingers, lifting fingers, etc...The closest =
I've
come is an inconsistent sort of smear from G to C (above the staff). Does
anybody out there have any tried and true tricks to help me...or is it too
late to teach this old dog any new tricks?

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