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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000405.txt from 2002/02

From: "mlmarmer" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] What's a good book to practice rhythms?
Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2002 22:03:10 -0500


Here is the problem I am having as a person who took lessons for 10 years in
school, 1963 to 1973 and is now has been practicing since January of this

Top and bottom lips get tired. I guess this will take time to re-built. Do
long tones? How many minutes a day. Air escapes too.

Note recognition, like sharps and flats. How long will that take to
remember, that I am practicing lessons in E flat, for example. Missed
another E flat. Scales are good since the notes are in straight fashion,
not like an exercise. Tone is wonderful on the R13. My reed is a prem. ML
3.5, but some times it is like the upper register notes are not coming out,
like maybe not enough pressure from the lip muscles? Should I go down a
size on the reed.

I will tell you that you did asked about my stiff finger problem, but you
didn't have any suggestions. I did pick up a "Grip Master", available at
any music website and it is working wonders. Maybe between that and working
on the Rubank first book, time is working that problem. Thanks to those who
did respond.

Still can't play the favorite Mozart Concerto like I could in 1973! O:).
But it is fun to play again, no matter what. Practice and time is probably
the answer.

Any suggestions on starting over and playing again after 28 years would be
greatly appreciated. Things I should be doing on a regular basis?

Thanks for reading. Is there hope for me!!

I'll keep the day job. You professionals are safe. O:).

Mike Marmer
Germantown, MD
----- Original Message -----
From: "Karl Krelove" <>
Subject: RE: [kl] What's a good book to practice rhythms?

> Are you having trouble actually understanding how to perform basic rhythm
> patterns (as distinct from not actually having them come out cleanly)? If
> not, simplistic as it sounds, any book of exercises and melodies should do
> that is not above your technical ability to play accurately. What you need
> along with the printed material is a metronome or a listener
> (teacher/coach/chamber music colleague) that will give you some kind of
> when you aren't playing steadily. It won't do you much good rhythmically
> you can't get to the notes fast or cleanly enough to keep a steady pulse.
> Nor is it much help to practice rhythms you actually don't understand -
> a quick, to-the-point explanation from someone who is more advanced at
> reading rhythm and who can model the rhythm for you may steer you in the
> right direction more efficiently than trying to decipher an editor's
> explanation.
> If you're at a basic enough level that very elementary rhythmic patterns
> combinations seem mysterious, then probably one of the method books
> for basic student use might be of some help. A number of the "band"
> have pages of pure rhythm exercise - written on a one-line staff or with
> lines, so you can choose the pitch content yourself or practice on a
> pitch.
> Let us know more specifically what kind of problems you're having, and
> a more specifically useful answer will be possible.
> Best of luck.
> Karl Krelove
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> > I am having problems with my rhythm, does anybody know what's a book to
> > build rhythmic fundamentals?
> >
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