Hi, There are a number of beginners threads and also a G3 clarinet thread but what about the more advanced players out there? Especially those say G6 and up? I thought it'd be nice to have a thread where we can talk about more advanced clarinetty things, share tips, discuss the trials and tribulations and joys and sucesses of the pieces we are working on, Favourite reeds, ligatures, mouthpieces etc. Anything really so long as its y
I'd especially welcome posts from those, like me, who are not taking exams or working on exam pieces but on other clarinet repertoire (although feel free to post about exam pieces too )
I personally have a renewed love of all things after upgrading my clarinet this year (now Buffet E13 from old Yamaha 26ii) having rekindled my love affair with the clarinet I've started lessons again for the first time in over 17 years - a bit daunting at first but actually are doing me the world of good
I've recently got to play 1st/solo part in band (on a strictly temporary basis), am enjoying playing clarinet with another forum menber accompanying on a semi-regular basis and am generally a much more confident player overall.
I've recently re-associated myself with serious practice too and am currently working on a number of technical exercises from the H E Klose book "Clarinet School", the first fantasia (P120ish) from that book and the Weber Concertino (OP 26 I think). I've got as far as the Andante section ok. Am struggling to get the bit where the soloist comes back in again after the strings to anything like the right speed and have gone as far as the end of Variation 1 but again not up to speed. I have another lesson tomorrow too.
My strengths: A willingness to have a go, A good tone, steady embouchre and good breath control and good sight reading abilities.
My areas for improvement: Timing - especially counting off beats etc in band and getting compilcated rhythms perfectly in time. Improve knowledge of alternative fingerings, especially in the top register. The reading and playing of passages (especially semiquavers, sextuplets etc) at speed - although the technical exercises are helping here.
So that's me. What about you?