Jeanjean 1 first phrase

Finally got something on video and mp3. Below is the mp3 and video (from different takes) of the first long phrase of Jeanjean 1 from book of 18. I ended up playing it a lot slower than I had planned quarter= 68 instead of 80. It seemed to need it for phrasing dynamics and legato.

It's interesting to record in my tiny practice room. My soft dynamics are definitely improving! The hardest part of this phrase is the second time it goes up to high c, then crescendos to forte in 3 beats.

This was played on a Legere Signature reed, 3.75 strength. The mouthpiece is a Behn Vintage D model with a 99/37 opening. I've been working with the Legere reeds all Summer, and this etude poses one of the biggest challenges Legere reeds have: controlling pp attacks and slurs. The Signature model is much better than the older models, but it still has some minor issues.

The clarinet is a Selmer Privilege, which I just bought in April. After working on this piece, I am convinced this model needs a bit of work, in the design and on my horn in particular for tuning. I had to make more adjustment than I'd like. For example, the throat tone f/ high c is a bit low. The middle c is high. I had to be sure not to let the high C sag (an amazing problem to have on clarinet) and I had to add the side key to keep the throat F from sagging.

The legato on the Selmer was also a bit tricky. It's a louder horn, and notes want to pop out. Some notes seemed louder than others, requiring a different voicing. (more than is the case with my R13) The reason I stuck with it is that it's a good instrument, sounds good in the orchestra, and I want to give it a good chance. I need to have some tuning/voicing work on it. Preparing this Jeanjean is giving me lots of useful information.

I will make a version of this excerpt tomorrow with my Buffet R13 to compare...

Jeanjean 1, First Phrase mp3.

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The YouTube take. (I can't believe how crooked my clarinet angle is!)

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2 comments for “Jeanjean 1 first phrase

  1. September 23, 2009 at

    It's great that you have the video and audio to go along with your words. After you describe your equipment and your ideas, your readers can actually hear the results. Bravo!

    • September 23, 2009 at

      Thanks B. I just spent several hours finding the right mp3 player. There are dozens of plugins, each with pluses and minuses. This one at least looks like a music player.

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