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 Re: Beginner Wants To Learn Jazz
Author: Fuzzy 
Date:   2017-12-03 20:24

Thanks for the additional info, Richard.

You have a lot of freedom in your path to learn jazz. I've met professional musicians from a myriad of backgrounds. Some never learned to read a note of music, and never viewed a note of written music theory, but developed their "ear" to understand how the sounds all fit together. Others didn't learn to read Bb Clarinet music...and learned from the beginning to read C music (music written for non-transposing instruments). While yet others came from the strictest of music theory understanding, and read Bb music.

Each path resulted in a final product with its own strengths and weaknesses...and I'm sure there's a lot of other paths somewhere in between/in addition.

Continuing with the books you have might help you work a few more notes into your range. It might also be a good time for you to start developing your ear - matching fingerings on your clarinet to sounds you hear being produced. For instance, listening to a slow song that you like, and trying to play along with it. Something like Pete Fountain's version of closer walk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWye_Ivb8Uc. Or even picking out "Happy Birthday" starting on low G (all fingers down except pinkies). I'd recommend a song that you really "know" in your head. Something with a limited range between highest and lowest notes/tones.

Most of the jazz books I have (or that I've seen) are pretty technical and difficult. However, Marcos (here on the bboard) over in the "Jazz Clarinet" thread (http://test.woodwind.org/clarinet/BBoard/read.html?f=1&i=456287&t=456287) would most likely have a more knowledgeable opinion on how to help you get started than I do. He also posts a blog which you might find helpful.

Cheers!
Fuzzy
;^)>>>

[Edit]: corrected spelling



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