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#1 helenm

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Posted 18 March 2017 - 11:42

I've just picked up clarinet again. I hadn't played since O Level music exam!
It's so much more fun now and feels totally different to learning as a child. You can buy popular sheet music, musicals etc with a CD to accompany! I've been playing themes from Harry Potter and Frozen, which is brilliant. 

I've got myself a Buffet B12, some music and a teacher who can take me to grade 5. I am not planning on taking exams but I have just bought a scale book as I was feeling guilty about not practicing properly. My ultimate aim is to play in a group but I'm not good enough yet. There are groups in my town but they want a grade 5 standard and I know I am not up to it at the moment.

I'd love any top tips and I am wondering how long it might take me to get back to the grade 5 that I was just about at when I stopped playing. I'm finding time to practise 4 or 5 days a week. 

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Posted 18 March 2017 - 13:24

Congratulations on picking up the clarinet again! I am also new to the clarinet, after 27.5 years playing the oboe.

May I ask why your teacher can only take you up to Grade 5?
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Posted 18 March 2017 - 14:18

She is not advanced enough herself on clarinet I think.  She mainly teaches brass and piano.  I know her well because she is actually my son's brass teacher so I am starting out with her initially and we plan for me to move on after she has coached me through the first stages.  She is mainly helping me to read the rhythms of the music again and be encouraging.  Learning as an adult feels very different to what I remember as a child.   I feel I can direct my practice better and help myself learn keying the notes.  As a child I think I needed an adult in a lesson telling me exactly what to do and drilling me on each note but I can do that for myself now in a much more intelligent way.  I will need a clarinet specialist in time I guess, but not just yet.  I only picked it up again 3 months ago


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Posted 19 March 2017 - 15:45

I am a bit concerned that she may not be able to steer you down the right path on the clarinet. I wouldn't imagine a brass teacher would know a lot about clarinet embouchure or proper hand/finger positions. Bad habits, once picked up, are hard to get rid of, from my experience teaching students who started with someone else.

She is not advanced enough herself on clarinet I think. She mainly teaches brass and piano. I know her well because she is actually my son's brass teacher so I am starting out with her initially and we plan for me to move on after she has coached me through the first stages. She is mainly helping me to read the rhythms of the music again and be encouraging. Learning as an adult feels very different to what I remember as a child. I feel I can direct my practice better and help myself learn keying the notes. As a child I think I needed an adult in a lesson telling me exactly what to do and drilling me on each note but I can do that for myself now in a much more intelligent way. I will need a clarinet specialist in time I guess, but not just yet. I only picked it up again 3 months ago


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Posted 21 March 2017 - 19:24

The other issue is actually finding a clarinet teacher
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