Extreme Makeover - Clarinet Edition

Extreme Makeover: Clarinet Edition, Tips and Fundamentals for the Middle or High School Clarinet Section Dr. Adam Ballif, Assistant Professor of Music Mesa State College aballif@mesastate.edu - www.mesastate.edu/~aballif Description of Session
This session will offer tips to the middle and high school clarinet section and their directors to help improve tone, articulation, and clarinet technique. From equipment and setup, to practice techniques and fundamentals, this session is for anyone who wants to improve clarinet playing and teaching and give their school clarinet section an extreme makeover.

What parts of your clarinet section need a makeover? Air Cold Air vs. Warm Air Laser Beam Air Band Dynamics and Air vs. Playing as a Soloist TIPS for TEACHERS - AIR Breath Builder and Long Tone Endurance Students should play long tones at 60 in groups of 16 counts each day. Long Tone Practice at Forte Dynamics Playing at varied dynamic levels: Your air must be fast at all dynamic levels in order to maintain a clear tone. Embouchure and Tongue Placement (voicing) Top Teeth on Mouthpiece Flat Chin - lower lip over bottom teeth Drawstring corners. No smiling. When breathing, teeth stay on top of mouthpiece, breathe through corners of mouth. No puffed cheeks. "EE" Tongue This is the single most important item to fix if you want to have clarinetists who play with proper intonation and a clear tone. Beginners will still get a sound in the low register without proper voicing. It will demonstrate itself as a problem when they start expanding their range into the upper register. TIPS for TEACHERS - EMBOUCHURE Mouthpiece / Barrel Pitch = F# concert If you hear saliva in the sound, check horn angle. Head up, horn down. 30 degree angle to the body. Embouchure exercises Register Change Warmup - For young students, only have them play the first two notes, and the teacher should push the register key for them.

Harmonics and Bugle Calls for Voicing Flexibility While fingering a low E, plug the bell with your leg and you can then produce harmonica-like bugle calls. This is great practice for voicing and becoming aware of how the back of the tongue functions. Articulation Tip of the tongue to the tip of the reed. "Tip to Tip" There should be no throat motion or embouchure movement. Air pressure should remain constant.

Bring mouthpiece in mouth.Extreme Makeover: Clarinet Edition. Remove mouthpiece to check tongue placement.dent the sound. use fingernail. Use "Lee" instead of "Tee. Air pressure should remain constant. Adam Ballif.edu/~aballif There should .ARTICULATION How to Teach Proper Tonguing (8 Steps) Find the tip of tongue.edubewww. keeping the tongue on the reed.then release the reed.mesastate. but also allow for practice moving smoothly between registers.no throat motion or embouchure movement. go 4 notes in one breath. Repeat the above process but stop the reed with the tip of tongue. Langenus Page 22 exercise (Push ups for your tongue) Tonguing Rhythm Tonguing in 5's Tonguing in 9's Warmup Routines and Muscle Building Long Tones Chromatic Scale. Build air pressure behind the tongue ." Avoid "Anchor Tonguing" TIPS for TEACHERS . 5th and 4th Long Tones (This will cover every chromatic pitch. Assistant Professor of Music Mesa State College aballif@mesastate. Use syllabic cues to help students keep the back of the tongue high.) . Place tip of tongue on reed outside the mouth. Tips and Fundamentals for the Middle or High School Clarinet Section Articulation Dr. Touch tip of tongue to tip of reed . "EE" tongue needs to be maintained while tonguing. Form embouchure. whole notes at 60.

mesastate.) Technique Building Chromatic Scale Exercise ("Old Faithful") Scales.) Practice Tips Chunking A way of grouping beats to practice fast passages.First Step Chunking .edu .www.Second Step .Extreme Makeover: Clarinet Edition. and Thirds (Klose method places these nicely in a circle of fifths pattern.edu/~aballif in one breath. go 4 notes 5th and 4th Long Tones (This will cover every chromatic pitch.) Excerpt from "Flight of the Bumble Bee" Chunking . Chromatic Scale. Arpeggios. Tips and Fundamentals for the Middle or High School Clarinet Section Warmup Routines and Muscle Building Dr. (Always practice with a metronome. whole notes at 60. Adam Ballif. Assistant Professor of Music Long Tones Mesa State College aballif@mesastate. but also allow for practice moving smoothly between registers.

edu . Grand Junction.edu . Adam Ballif.www.Extreme Makeover: Clarinet Edition.Second Step Five Rhythms to Learn any Passage Equipment / Setup Contact Information Dr. Assistant Professor of Music Mesa State College aballif@mesastate. CO 81501 (970) 248-1124 aballif@mesastate.edu/~aballif . Mesa State College 1100 North Ave. Tips and Fundamentals for the Middle or High School Clarinet Section Dr.mesastate. Assistant Professor.edu/~aballif Chunking . Adam Ballif.www.mesastate.

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