In my previous two posts I mentioned how important I believe it is for musicians to develop their listening skills, both to recognise styles and to be able to build the sound of their playing. This is where the rubber meets the road, and in this post I hope to show how to turn listening into playing.
In my opinion, listening is the most important skill to learn as a developing musician but it is possibly given the least amount of attention in a lesson.
Sooo… you wanna play those really, really long notes that go on forever, along with the likes of Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Courtney Pine, Sonny Rollins, Kenny G, Colin Stetson, Clark Terry, Wynton Marsalis and going as far back as Harry Carney, Duke Ellington’s baritone specialist, or ? You need to learn circular breathing – and I’m going to explain how.
From this article, I hope that you gain an understanding of how moving the mouthpiece on the neck cork affects the instrument as a whole. There is a delicate relationship between the notes played with the left hand and the notes played with the right hand as well as an interplay with the instruments key heights and ultimately its tone. Where you place the mouthpiece on the neck cork is both a result of and an effect of these variables.
I have always practised by playing my trumpet or at the very least buzzed my lips or mouthpiece, so the concept of practising with (what looks like) a plastic mutant golf tee seemed quite unnatural to me.
The purpose of this booklet is to maintain our collective curiosity about the myriad of possibilities to be expressive with the clarinet. There have been many books on fingerings printed in the past. Hopefully, there will be many more in the future. However, if you are able to find even one fingering useful, the mission […] READ MORE
You had a great time playing an instrument at school but later on, things got in the way and you stopped playing? Very few people lose their passion for playing music. Things just sometimes get in the way and people stop playing for one reason or another. There is no doubt that adults who come […] READ MORE