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 Bass Clarinet Pedagogy
Author: EbClarinet 
Date:   2019-12-24 19:37

I'm from TX. TX is #1 for band and band directors and getting a degree 2 b a band director. I don't know about other states. How ever, being in public school an then college, I've noticed that public school and college band director's tend to put weak clarinet players on bass clarinet. I didn't want 2 play bass clarinet in high school because I was a strong clarinet player.

How ever, in college (5 academic years), I loved it. Even my clarinet professor thought the music was just whole notes all the time but it wasn't. We played grade 4-5 music and wind ensemble music.

So I'm wanting 2 hear your thoughts and feelings about directors putting weak clarinet players on bass clarinet. I don't care for this mind set and I teach against it. I personally think (for the long run) that a strong clarinet player can go 2 bass clarinet because of the demands of the symphony orchestra music for bass clarinet.


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 Re: Bass Clarinet Pedagogy
Author: bmcgar 2017
Date:   2019-12-24 20:10

They dU that 4 good rEsons. The parts R generalE Esier sO it makes sNs 4 tEchers who dOnt have Time 2 tEch nd for kids who d0nt care 2 practis.


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 Re: Bass Clarinet Pedagogy
Author: kdk 2017
Date:   2019-12-24 23:10

EbClarinet wrote:

> So I'm wanting 2 hear your thoughts and feelings about
> directors putting weak clarinet players on bass clarinet.

On the one side, I think most band directors are loathe to take a strong clarinet player off the 1st clarinet part. On the other hand many school band arrangers write dumbed-down parts that enable assigning weak players to them.

The ideal is for one of the stronger clarinet players in a band to ask to play bass at least part of the time. If there's a string program with a good orchestra (that plays original versions of the literature) in the school, a strong player needs to be assigned to bass clarinet, because the "classical" orchestral composers of the 19th century to the present didn't write Bass-Clarinet-For-Dummies parts.


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 Re: Bass Clarinet Pedagogy
Author: smokindok 
Date:   2019-12-25 00:42

bmgar :-)

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 Re: Bass Clarinet Pedagogy
Author: EbClarinet 
Date:   2019-12-25 13:41

Thanks Karl 4 this insight.


above is my collegiate experiences on bass clarinet - would love 2 hear from every 1 about this

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