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 What are your unusual practice techniques?
Author: ruben 
Date:   2019-11-05 14:17

To be trendy, I could use "creative" instead of "unusual". I will launch the discussion by giving one of my own. Now and again, I improvise "à la manière de". In other words, if I'm playing a Debussy piece, I'll play a long cadenza somewhere in it in which I try to sound like Debussy, or Stravinsky, or whomever. My efforts may sound inept, but it gives me insight into the composer's style, sense of form and harmonic language. I once attended a piano recital in which the pianist, Vlado Perlemuter got very lost after a lapse of memory in a Fauré Nocturne. Perlemuter improvised and did it so well that few people were aware that he had got lost, though the hall was full of pianists. The moral of the story is that he knew his Fauré..and kew how to improvise! Your unusual practice techniques, please. It can be anything: scale practice, physical exercises, etc.

rubengreenbergparisfrance@gmail.com
JL-Clarinette

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 Re: What are your unusual practice techniques?
Author: Kaos 
Date:   2019-11-05 17:24

Being a stricly classical trained conservatory student I often end up my practice session with a selection of traditional italian music, also called "liscio", usually played by older players typical of the region where I live. The original is played with clarinet in C, usually in duo with an accordion. This music is characterized by floppy staccato and high notes with weird intonation by keeping a weak embochure and waving the sound with the lower jaw. Clarinet is often kept almost horizontal when playing to get a more piercing sound. Opposite of the "perfect sound" and good posture I practice to achieve in the classical studies, of course my teacher doesn't know that. It's a secret! He wouldn't be very happy as this kind of music is not very well seen in conservatories, even if it's not easy to master as it may seem. Like Klezmer.

(if you don't know this kind of music and are curious here are some examples)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3-S3Xzkb7s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYBDJhg4ErU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxM-N9dJhjw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPZAjBiyiJU

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 Re: What are your unusual practice techniques?
Author: ruben 
Date:   2019-11-05 17:29

I love it! I had never heard-nor heard of-this before.

rubengreenbergparisfrance@gmail.com
JL-Clarinette

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 Re: What are your unusual practice techniques?
Author: Liquorice 
Date:   2019-11-06 10:38

I had also never heard of liscio. Thanks for bring it to our attention Kaos! Do all the players of this music use German system instruments?

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 Re: What are your unusual practice techniques?
Author: Katrina 
Date:   2019-11-06 17:40

I'm way more interested in liscio now than I am in unusual practice techniques! From what region of Italy?

For unusual practice techniques, I like this one:

https://youtu.be/f9X4h-cY1uw

Back in college, a friend of mine and I used to improvise around orchestral excerpts we were learning to see if we could fool the other to not guessing it correctly. That was definitely unusual. ;)

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 Re: What are your unusual practice techniques?
Author: seabreeze 
Date:   2019-11-06 17:51

I once had a clarinet-playing Italian barber who did pieces from this Pagani Edition sheet music in Liscio style, in duet with a mandolin.

https://dropbox.com/s/96szqammw1m7ym2/PaganiBbclarinet

He used to practice classical technique from the Labanchi clarinet method and some Issalli interval studies.

If I recall correctly, he played Liscio style on a simple system (Albert system) C clarinet and the Labanchi classical etudes on a full Boehm Selmer.

The Liscio style of music and dance seems to have developed in Bologna and other parts of the Emilia-Romana region of Italy.



Post Edited (2019-11-07 01:32)

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 Re: What are your unusual practice techniques?
Author: TomS 
Date:   2019-11-06 21:26

Put TV on Roku channel, mute and practice during the commercials (which are frequent) or when it's boring. Get an hour practice for 3 hours of viewing.

Tom

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 Re: What are your unusual practice techniques?
Author: rtaylor 
Date:   2019-11-06 22:20

That is a great style. I've never heard of Liscio style.

It reminds me a little of Greek music with also.

Cheers,

Robert



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 Re: What are your unusual practice techniques?
Author: ruben 
Date:   2019-11-07 01:10

TomS: I don't know what Roku channel is, but yours is a good idea. When I was still living in a house-as opposed to a flat-I would leave a clarinet out on a peg permanently and each time the spirit moved me, I would pick it up and play. I can't do that any more beacause it would drive my neighbors crazy. By doing this, your clarinet playing becomes something completely natural.

rubengreenbergparisfrance@gmail.com
JL-Clarinette

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 Re: What are your unusual practice techniques?
Author: seabreeze 
Date:   2019-11-07 01:43

I like to practice on clarinet some of the standard etudes for flute by Boehm, Kohler, Andersen, and Casterede. I may play the very highest notes down an octave, and I may not reach the speed that good flutists do, but I play them. This opens up an aspect of the clarinet that usually lies dormant and unexplored.

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 Re: What are your unusual practice techniques?
Author: GBK 
Date:   2019-11-07 03:53

Arban Complete Conservatory Method For Trumpet


...GBK

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 Re: What are your unusual practice techniques?
Author: ruben 
Date:   2019-11-07 19:19

Seabreeze: Pascal Moragués of the Orchestre de Paris does what you do, influenced by his flute-playing twin brother.

rubengreenbergparisfrance@gmail.com
JL-Clarinette

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 Re: What are your unusual practice techniques?
Author: seabreeze 
Date:   2019-11-07 22:52

On clarinet I practice sax study books, like Joe Viola's Chords and Oliver Nelson's Patterns for Improvisation too, but, despite the reed and mouthpiece link, the sax is a more distant instrument in personality from the clarinet (louder, more aggressive, more variable in pitch) than the flute, which seems close kin. I got a lot out of reading Michel Dubost's little alphabet book, The Flute from A to Z ("Accompaniment" to "Zeal"). Too bad he didn't team with a clarinetist (like Moragues?) to make a clarinet version of it.



Post Edited (2019-11-08 04:11)

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 Re: What are your unusual practice techniques?
Author: fernie121 
Date:   2019-11-08 01:04

I don’t have much to add as my practice sessions consists of the standard stuff plus whatever I’m performing next. Something I do though is noodle around in different keys. I already know my practice session will end with me noodling around or playing music I probably don’t need to practice, so I make it a point to do it in different keys just to better familiarize myself with them. Rather than noodle on Concert Bb again and again, why not noodle in A or E?



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 Re: What are your unusual practice techniques?
Author: Ken Lagace 
Date:   2019-11-08 18:19

How is "liscio" different from Klezmer?

My practice starts with improving 3 or 4 bad reeds and using the best one for the session. Working on reeds is relaxing and satisfying and I know I am in the minority about that.

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