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 Essential Elements
Author: Michael 
Date:   2001-04-11 18:27

Hi. Has anyone here learned Bb Clarinet on Essential Elements books? That's what I'm learning off of, and I'm up to the third, the blackish-brownish Essential Technique book. Has anybody played off of these?

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 RE: Essential Elements
Author: Andy 
Date:   2001-04-11 19:44

Yes, I have too use of these books.
I used the first two. After the first two years of playing, it our school they do not use technique books for some odd reason. I personally think they are pretty good books.


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 RE: Essential Elements
Author: Torry 
Date:   2001-04-11 20:10

I used that book 6 years ago, when I was in 4th grade!!!!!!!

i went throught the first two books

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 RE: Essential Elements
Author: Micaela 
Date:   2001-04-11 21:05

I played through the second book when I was in 4th or 5th grade. I thought that the whole series was a little easy (I skipped book one) but I probably would have liked them if I had started working with them earlier, when they would have been a challenge. The music in those books isn't nearly as annoying as the music in a lot of methods.

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 RE: Essential Elements
Author: LIZZIE 
Date:   2001-04-11 22:57

i used those books in 6th grade yes they are great for beginers!
but it is really too east if you are an advanced player
try the method books that is by Rubank! that is what i use now in the 8-9 grade and i am in the advanced books they are so great!

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 RE: Essential Elements
Author: 'nifer 
Date:   2001-04-12 00:07

The Essential Techniques 3rd book is great if you and your teacher (if you have one) are supplimenting it with some good literature..They are great for getting your technique strong! ;-) if you are in Wisconsin there is a GREAT list of music that is appropriate for the festivals and I often get music for my students off that list because they can then perform it. the list for wisconsin is at

Good Luck!


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 RE: Essential Elements
Author: Michael 
Date:   2001-04-12 15:41

You know, I just happen to live in Wisconsin.

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 RE: Essential Elements
Author: Graham Golden 
Date:   2001-04-13 04:45


i know a band director who sweats by those books. He has an award winning band, although after hearing them im not always sure why.


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 RE: Essential Elements
Author: Graham Golden 
Date:   2001-04-13 19:10

swears not sweats sorry :)


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 RE: Essential Elements
Author: joseph o'kelly 
Date:   2001-04-17 23:17

Great books to learn the basics with.

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