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 Re: Turkish Clarinet
Author: newlife2001 
Date:   2010-02-04 00:58


I'm new to this Board. Some folks here were discussing method books for learning the klarnet. I found one online:

Sol Klarnet E─čitimi - 1 (Kitap+DVD) by Serkan Cagri -

Also, I just purchased a Sol clarinet. Professional model, ebony body, italy pads, usd265.20 from China Music Instruments


With shipping I paid $343.40 (usd)

Now, in full disclosure, my background is as a trombonist, conductor and voice teacher. But I also have a music education degree and studied a year of B-flat clarinet and a year of alto saxophone. Recently, I became involved in this Persian drum circle and took lessons on the zarb (goblet drum). So I've been playing the zarb and the cello in the drum circle.

The alto didn't blend well with the Persian saz (long-necked lute). The B-flat clarinet fared much better but it blended best with the dafs, voices and other instruments when I was playing in the low register.

But I sure wasn't getting the sound I was hearing on the recording by Mustafa Kandirali. At the time I was studying the B-flat clarinet with a woodwind specialist who was getting his doctorate in education and I played him a bit of the Kandirali CD. As a Western musician, he had never heard heard anything like that. But his ideal model of great tone was closer to Richard Stolzman playing the second movement of the Mozart clarinet concerto than Mustafa Kandirali or Vassilis Saleas.

We had no idea how he was getting that sound and we didn't even know that he was using a G clarinet! So this is all very fascinating.

I think my Chinese instrument sounds fine. The Chinese used to produce junk violins, for example, but the quality has really improved overall. My B-flat is a French Martinaux model, also ebony body, and the sound is pretty similar.

I'm planning to study with a Turkish teacher in New York. That's probably the best way to learn how to produce that distinctive buzzing sound. The ideal sound concept for this Greek-Turkish music seems to be a cross between the raucus sound of zurna, which is used with a drum for outdoor festivals and a more refined sound like a Western clarinet playing in a Brahms symphony.

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