Author: David H. Thomas

Classical musician, Clarinetist, Chamber Musicians, Soloist, Teacher, Principal clarinet of the Columbus Symphony in Ohio.

Sight wins over sound in the judgment of music performance

Sight over sound in the judgment of music performance. This blows my mind. This research says that sight is MORE important than sound in how people judge musical performance. People picked winners by seeing ONLY how they looked when playing.…

Video: Tips and Tricks for playing the Mendelssohn Scherzo 1st Clarinet Part

A 12 minute, fast-tonguing clarinet lesson, introducing various techniques and tricks for playing the most difficult clarinet passages in: Hector Berlioz "Nuits D'Été: L'Ile Inconnue"; and Felix Mendelssohn Scherzo, from his Incidental Music to the Midsummer Night's Dream.

I demonstrate each passage using a combination of single and/or double-tonguing, with an occasional "hu" articulation. Using the "hu" articulation in certain spots is an unusual, but effective, way to help speed up and lighten single tonguing.

These orchestral excerpts are among the most difficult classical music to perform well, and the Scherzo is required on virtually every clarinet audition list.

Enjoy. (Below is a PDF of the difficult lick from Berlioz Nuit D'Été. I will post the Mendelssohn Scherzo excerpt in a few days.)

Berlioz clarinet articulation excerpt

Berlios Nuite D'Ete, L'Ile Inconnu

Awesome Street Clarinetist in New Orleans!

This YouTube video was posted by DJKKGaGa. Wow. What a find. I love his orange clarinet. If anyone in New Orleans knows this guy or where he plays, let me know. Every young clarinetist should be encouraged to learn to…

Video- Opening clarinet solo from Rhapsody in Blue

We had a great live concert tonight as part of our AEP Pops series. It was an all Gershwin program entitled “The Gershwins- Here to Stay”, with my excellent colleagues of the Columbus Symphony, Peter Stafford Wilson conducting, and staring…

On words, music, and serendipity, too.

First of all, Happy Thanksgiving to All! It’s been awhile since I posted actual words here. The past five “posts” have been videos of me playing, something I plan to continue, since music is better expressed through playing than writing…