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 Funny way of playing
Author: SunnyDaze 
Date:   2021-03-06 14:08

Hi,

I wondered if anyone might know what this guy is doing with his clarinet at 10 seconds into this video? He seems to be blowing directly into the barrel or playing with a mouthpiece and no barrel. My husband asked me and I have no idea how that could possibly work.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klIwRQ8kxvU

Thanks!

Jen

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 Re: Funny way of playing
Author: seabreeze 
Date:   2021-03-06 17:46

The first three hits on this YouTube set demonstrate this Clariflute technique:

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=playing+clarinet+like+a+flute.

The tube of the clarinet, when the mouthpiece and reed are removed, can be slanted at an angle that allows the player to blow it as if it were a flute. This is one of many effects that are collectively known as "extended techniques" for clarinet. Some others are microtones, growls, slap tonguing, difference tones (produced by humming along as you blow the instrument), finger changes on the same pitch, and multiphonics.

Jon Manasse demonstrates the Clariflute technique beginning at time stamp 4:14 in the second video KAHN ACADEMY here: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=jon+manasse+the+clarinet.

This technique, like many others labelled "extended," is taken from World Music practices. One can find them in many cultures and many time periods, and they have gradually been imported (with alterations) into the domain of Western classical music and popular music.



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 Re: Funny way of playing
Author: Katrina 
Date:   2021-03-06 18:07

He's using an end-blown flute playing technique. Many flutes from the Balkans are played this way, as is the Japanese flute shakuhachi

Here's a Bulgarian kaval player who shows how the sound is made at ca. 2:28 in this video:

https://youtu.be/gj-PgWVKFic?t=148

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 Re: Funny way of playing
Author: SunnyDaze 
Date:   2021-03-06 19:03

That's amazing! I had no idea.

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 Re: Funny way of playing
Author: seabreeze 
Date:   2021-03-06 19:33

Here are a few more extended techniques that composers and arrangers are sometimes calling for from clarinetists:

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=extended+techniques+on+clarinet.



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 Re: Funny way of playing
Author: Ken Lagace 
Date:   2021-03-06 20:38

The 1st vid also,looks like an Eb clarinet. Pretty short.

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 Re: Funny way of playing
Author: Paul Aviles 
Date:   2021-03-06 20:41

Thanks for bringing this to the Board........I had no idea this technique existed!




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



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 Re: Funny way of playing
Author: prigault 
Date:   2021-03-06 22:35

I suspect the reason this technique was never mentioned so far is probably that it would never elicit endless discussions on reeds and mouthpieces ;-)



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 Re: Funny way of playing
Author: SecondTry 
Date:   2021-03-07 06:59

> I suspect the reason this technique was never mentioned so far is probably that
> it would never elicit endless discussions on reeds and mouthpieces ;-)

Good point. Besides "everyone knows" that it's the ligature (that sits on your desk unused) while playing "clariflute" that can make that true subtle difference in sound. ; - )



Post Edited (2021-03-07 07:00)

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