Date: 2010-06-22 05:00
Ok, I'm 15 this year and I'd been playing clarinet since...july 2008. I inspire to become a professional clarinetist in the future and I'm training for it (I live in singapore.) In order to get a course in a college in singapore in 2012, I need to get grade 6 practical by the end of next year.
Recently, this year march, I took my grade 3 practical for the first time. Although I somewhat screwed my scales up, I got a distinction which surprised me. I'm taking my grade 4 practical later in the next ABRSM exam this year, and presumably grade 5 practical and definitely grade 6, along with grade 5 theory in either this or next year.
I think that I have serious trouble with myself in training. I always went by my flow, occasionally I could play for hours at end when practicing while sometimes I just couldn't bring myself to practice. I love the clarinet but it just happens. In order to be good, I need to work harder to correct my flaws (easily finger lag between fast notes and staccato).
I would like to know what are some tips and ways to do well to improve on finger lag between notes, especially those with awkward fingerings with no alternate (such as low F#, passages with fast Bflat/Bnatural to a low/high note). Also, one problem is that I experience slight lag whenever I play a note to B# because my fingers sometimes are slower and are unable to hit all buttons uniformly and it screws my scales.
Secondly, although I've long mastered my crossing of the break, I always have a slight "break" whenever playing scales that involving Bb. Is there a way to improve this?
I decided in my life that I want to succeed in my clarinet, and I will do so now. I hope the seniors in this board can give me advice and how I can do this well. Thank you