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Your hands-on guide to mastering the most popular woodwind
Want to play the clarinet? No problem! This hands-on guide teaches you all the techniques you need to play this popular woodwind alone or in a group setting. You'll begin by learning how to properly hold a clarinet and move on to getting a consistent sound, reading music, and playing songs in a variety of styles, including classical, pop, and jazz.
Get keyed up — explore the anatomy of the clarinet and grasp the basic concepts of playing the instrument, from using the mouthpiece and reed to fingering keys
Read all about it — get a primer on how to read music or take a quick refresher course to sharpen your skills
Clarinet care 101 — understand how to properly assemble, clean, store, maintain, and repair your clarinet
Start making some noise — get expert tips and techniques on breathing and posture, hand position, and lip and mouth placement
Hit the high notes — take your skills to the next level to master intermediate techniques to reach high notes and add speed to your tonguing and improve your fingering
Open the book and find:
Tips for picking the right clarinet for you
Guidance on renting versus buying
Descriptions, illustrations, and exercises
How to tune up for the proper pitch
Warm-ups, scales, and studies to develop your skills
Ten bad habits to avoid
Tips for adjusting your reeds to suit your playing
Develop proper finger placement and posture
Play your first notes and move on to advanced techniques
Maintain perfect pitch as you play
Tune your clarinet
Play along with exercises and pieces on the audio CD
Master the most popular woodwind
Want to play the clarinet? No problem! This hands-on guide teaches you all the fundamental techniques you need to play this popular woodwind alone or in a group setting.
Clarinet For Dummies gives you the ideal introduction to play clarinet. You?ll begin by learning how to properly hold a clarinet and move on to getting a consistent sound, reading music, and playing songs in a variety of styles, including classical, pop, and jazz.
- Step-by-step instruction on finger placement, posture, and basic up-keep for the instrument
- Tips on how to buy or rent a clarinet
- Accompanying CD offers play-along recordings of every exercise featured in the book
Whether you?ve never held a clarinet or are looking to brush up on skills from your youth, Clarinet For Dummies is packed with friendly, easy-to-follow instructions to have you playing this versatile instrument with ease!
Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.
About the Author
David Etheridge is the David Ross Boyd Professor of Clarinet, Chair of the Woodwind Area, and member of the Oklahoma Woodwind Quintet at the University of Oklahoma. He has taught clarinet for over 45 years.
Table of Contents
Part I: Tuning Up with the Basics.
Chapter 1: So You Want to Play the Clarinet.
Chapter 2: Getting to Know the Clarinet.
Chapter 3: Picking the Right Clarinet for You.
Chapter 4: Grasping the Basics of Musical Notation.
Chapter 5: Assembling, Cleaning, and Caring for Your Clarinet.
Part II: And a One, and a Two, and a Three: Getting Started.
Chapter 6: Getting Your Body, Lungs, and Lips in the Game.
Chapter 7: Playing Your First Notes.
Chapter 8: Heading Lower, Higher, and In Between.
Chapter 9: Playing Between the Notes: Slurring and Tonguing.
Chapter 10: Rising Above and Beyond High C.
Part III: Above and Beyond: Essential Intermediate Techniques.
Chapter 11: Achieving a Great Clarinet Tone.
Chapter 12: Shaking It Up with Vibrato, Glissandos, Bends, and Scoops.
Chapter 13: Taking Your Fingers to the Next Level: Additional Fingerings.
Chapter 14: Turbo Tonguing and Faster Fingering.
Chapter 15: Tuning Up for Proper Pitch.
Chapter 16: Heading to the Practice Studio.
Chapter 17: Refining Your Reeds.
Chapter 18: Gaining Expertise and Exposure through the Clarinet Community.
Part IV: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 19: Ten Insider Secrets to Great Clarinet Playing.
Chapter 20: Ten (Plus) Clarinetists You Gotta Hear.
Part V: Appendixes.
Appendix A: Fingering Charts.
Appendix B: About the CD.