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 Krechts krisis
Author: ben tupelo 
Date:   2003-11-23 01:04

Hi all-

I am pretty new to Klezmer and am finally trying to figure out how to make those lovely and very quick chirps between notes that I think are called krekhtsn. Is there a fingering component, or is it all in the lip and throat? I am puzzled (an even a little frustrated!) Thanks, Ben

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 Re: Krechts krisis
Author: Ralph Katz 
Date:   2003-11-26 16:14

Lift up fingers. The exact pitch of the upper ornament is not critical, but the timing is - it should be very quick. You will have to experiment to find out which fingers to raise and how high to raise them. If your finger position tends to be low, you will probably have an easier time of it. For example, to krekhts from top space G to top line F, lift all the fingers on your left hand. If this doesn't work for you, leave your index finger down. It will take practice.

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 Re: Krechts krisis
Author: Tom Puwalski 
Date:   2004-03-13 13:47

There is indeed a finger componant, it actually is a three note ornament. It encompasses a minor third, in about 90% of Tarras, Brandwien and Statman use. This is how it works: the goal note let's say it is a G, before you hit the G you play an F# than an A then the G. Now that is the note componants of it. It is played quickly, the A is sort of "swallowed"and you should really make it go to the G. Without being able to write out the music it is hard to describe but, if you think of the F3 and A as on the beat grace notes you'll get close, or in Jazz speak play it like Do-weet, Da. Hope that helps, and you can do the same on any note not just the G.

Tom Puwalski, author of "The Clarinetists Guide to Klezmer"

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