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 Scale patterns
Author: KitéKat 
Date:   2019-08-26 01:44

I have a chair placement quiz tomorrow for my freshman concert band an part of the quiz is a Bb major scale. What's the best articulation and rhythm pattern for a two octave scale i.e what will impress my band teacher the most? [wink] Here is the one i was planning to do but i am open to new ideas.

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 Re: Scale patterns
Author: kdk 2017
Date:   2019-08-26 02:22

The standard rhythm for most school auditions is quarter 8th-8th-8th-8th-8th-8th-quarter etc. for both octaves.

Articulation is whatever you want to do unless your band director specifies something. What always mattered to me as a band teacher (and as a clarinet teacher) was that any tongued articulation was clean. If your tonguing sounds clean (the notes speak immediately without extraneous noise), then you can decide what you're comfortable doing. If your tonguing isn't very good over the whole scale, then slur it (unless the director asks for something else) and make a point of working on improving your tonguing after the audition is over.

Do you have a clarinet teacher?


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 Re: Scale patterns
Author: Paul Aviles 
Date:   2019-08-26 04:19

Well I have to vote for even and slurred. Rock steady rhythm (that is, the precise relationship of the length of each note to one another) is the most important component.

..............Paul Aviles

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 Re: Scale patterns
Author: Ken Lagace 
Date:   2019-08-26 04:25

I vote for having many prepared ways and ask the auditioner what he/she would like to hear. If you play it well their way, it would really impress them.

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 Re: Scale patterns
Author: Tobin 
Date:   2019-08-26 14:55

If the band Director hasn’t specified exactly what they want (which is a mistake), then you get to play it however you choose.

Play it in a manner that shows you have excellent rhythm and a great sound.


Gnothi Seauton

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 Re: Scale patterns
Author: Tom H 
Date:   2019-08-27 06:09

I agree with kdk's pattern of 8ths/quarter, etc. How fast is your staccato tonguing? You can always slur 2, tongue 2, but all tongued would impress me more. There is an exercise that speeds up tonguing. In a nutshell, start on low C. Do----cccdeeefg. then cccdeeefgggabbbc and back down or up 2 octaves and back down. One of the studies in my book.

The Most Advanced Clarinet Book--Austin Macauley Publishers (PDF samples here)
Boreal Ballad for unaccompanied clarinet--Sheet Music Plus

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 Re: Scale patterns
Author: Matt74 
Date:   2019-09-10 03:39

If you want to get good, practice your scales slurred for part of the time (silky smooth - on the slow side - especially the awkward fingerings and the break). Then spend some time precisely tounging (light and clear) using different tounging patterns. Don’t worry about speed. If you can play them very cleanly slow, it’s easy to add speed. If you always blow through them fast you may not be able to play cleanly.

- Matthew Simington

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 Re: Scale patterns
Author: KitéKat 
Date:   2019-09-10 04:57

Thank you guys for your insight, I had my audition a few weeks ago, and I went with what I had originally planned. I got first chair, so I guess it worked! (Although the rest of the clarinets weren’t very good, and there were only 3 others sooooooo) Thanks again guys! 😁😁

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