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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000092.txt from 2001/07

From: (Tony Pay)
Subj: Re: [kl] HELP!!!!
Date: Tue, 3 Jul 2001 10:40:04 -0400

On Tue, 3 Jul 2001 09:25:32 -0400, said:

> 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?

Another approach that might help is in:

...with a correction in:

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