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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000860.txt from 2004/10

From: "Shaw, Kenneth R." <>
Subj: [kl] Transposing on the Fly
Date: Thu, 28 Oct 2004 18:07:11 -0400

A couple of preparatory exercises before plunging in.

If you play piano at all, you already know how to read bass clef. Pick
up some bass clef music and start playing. If you don't have any,
there's plenty on the web, in, for example, the Icking Archive. They have the Bach Cello Suites,
which may be a bit difficult to start with. Any bass clef tune book
will do. =20

Learning bass clef doesn't take long if you're playing real music. I
never learned piano, so when I started playing bass recorder and singing
bass parts, I had to jump in cold. You'll feel like a true beginner
again, but your training will take over within about a week, and you'll
start to feel comfortable.

Playing in bass clef will help you loosen up the tie to treble clef.
Other possibilities are playing in the lower register as if you were on
saxophone -- that is, for second line G, use the upper register
=66ingering in the lower register. This will let you play Eb parts.
Then, read alto clef as if it were bass clef, which will let you play
viola parts.

=46inally, get out your beginner books and play the simplest etudes,
reading up a step.

=46inally, throw yourself in at the deep end and start playing. Sit in on
2nd flute or 2nd oboe and just do it.

Best regards.

Ken Shaw

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