Category: Clarinet Talk

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Article on Jeanjean concert coming up

Jennifer Hambrick of WOSU Public Media has published a blog article on my upcoming concert of 10 Jeanjean etudes with new piano accompaniments by Joseph Hallmann. Wednesday evening, two of Columbus’ own will perform the world premiere of 10 new…

Introducing the new Légère European Signature reeds

For the past week, I’ve played these new Légère European Signature clarinet reeds in several different rehearsals and performances, including an opera, a solo recital and a chamber music recital. I can say, without hesitation, that they are by far…

Légère clarinet Reeds after 6 years experience

Légere reeds have made playing the clarinet more enjoyable, and much less stressful.

I can now trust the reed to be there for difficult attacks, to be responsive for articulation, to be easily tuned with reed pressure, when needed.

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…