If I were auditioning for orchestras and currently performing all over the world, I would need to be on my A-game. I would begin with this page if I needed to get myself polished up and ready to go. The following are big goals for anyone and if you can play what's on this page then, hey, there's no stopping you!
Rose 40: #22 and #40
Rose 32: #4, #24, #30
Jeanjean Vade-Mecum: Articulation Exercise
Langenus (Part III): #11 and #12
For the advanced clarinetist, there are two ways to look at fingerings: for ease of a passage and for better intonation. Things to think about:
Great books for fingerings are Thomas Ridenour's Clarinet Fingerings and Paul Drushler's The Altissimo Register: A Partial Approach.
You've heard that practicing with a tuner is always best so that you can start to hear the notes in tune but also make the adjustments to fingerings or slight adjustments in the embouchure on certain notes. When playing in an ensemble of flexible instruments (unlike the piano), you can adjust your intonation on certain notes within the chords and all waves will disappear from the sound. For example, if one clarinetist plays a C and the other an E, the E needs to come down 14 cents on the tuner so that the notes no longer clash.
The following is a link to a website by Caroline Hartig. It is a fabulous chart showing you what needs to be raised or lowered in chords in order for them to be truly in tune!
Are you preparing for a recital? Do you notice that you are fatigued by the end of your rehearsals? Here are some ideas on what YOU can do to build up your endurance.
Life is all about balance. Balance in diet, exercise, relationships, studying, and enjoying the world around you. When you're bothered by something sometimes it affects our playing and we start making more mistakes. Try to go for a walk to clear your mind or practice slowly and thoughtfully setting aside anything that's giving you issues that day.
The Steps to Memorization of a Piece:
Click on the link below for a wonderful article from the Bullet Proof Musician on memorization!
One of my favorite books is the Inner Game of Music by Barry Green and W. Timothy Gallwey. This book is so me: the inner voices telling me to give up and saying to me no I can't. This book really spoke to me when it came to nerves and believing in myself. It's definitely a good read. As I have taught players throughout the U.S. over the past 20 years, I have come to realize that clarinet lessons can almost be like therapy sessions. Many times a person's inner troubles start to show up in their playing. The following are several ways to control one's nerves in performance:
The Inner Game of Music by Barry Green and W. Timothy Gallwey. This has become the bible to many musicians out there. Take a look.
When you have learned a piece or an etude and you can play it flawlessly, it's time to add some frosting and sprinkles to the delicious cake. Even fast passages with a blur of sixteenth notes can be played more musically. There are several categories that you can affect within your music to make things more interesting and that may reflect some of your personality:
This is a wonderful article on cadenza writing from Strings Magazine online. No one does cadenzas better than string players!
Nothing gets you down like a bad audition or a bad performance. Why keep trying?
One of my favorite books...
I'm the kind of person that wakes up everyday, foolishly thinking that I'm going to conquer the world. If you are anything like me, remember: "Rome was not built in a day." You have to break up your music into chunks and then glue it all together one chunk at a time.
Check out this great book on practicing!