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Saturday, February 25th, 2012
3:17 pm
Hi everyone,

I was wondering if anyone in this community had a computer file of the Blue Shades clarinet solo that they could send my way? I found it in this community in March 2008 (wow) but I've misplaced my copy, and I want to start practicing it again.

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010
2:35 pm
Hello everyone!

I need some help on these two subjects.
First of all, my chamber music group this year is clarinet, voice (soprano) and piano and we are somehow having some difficulties finding repertoire for us. We already have Schubert's "Shepherd on the rock", which is adorable and fits perfectly with the sweet voice the singer from our group.
Any suggestions? Maybe something different from that...

The second issue I was talking about is, I am beginning to play Stockhäusen's Little Harlekin and I was wondering if anyone has any sugestions about what could be done in the begining, since it is so difficult to memorize.

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010
4:36 pm
OK, time for good news
I have people to play music with! Here's my rehearsal schedule for the week:

Tuesday: Greece Symphony Orchestra
Wednesday: Brighton Symphony Orchestra
Thursday: SUNY Brockport College/Community Orchestra
Friday: Studio lesson @ Eastman

(Not sure what instrument(s) I'll be playing. I play clarinet II/utility with Brighton, and my assumption is the same for the other 2, but I haven't started with them yet. I subbed with Greece over the summer (clarinet II/bass clarinet/alto sax).

The cool part? My boyfriend Ira plays in all 3 groups, too (he's a percussionist).

Current Mood: excited
Sunday, July 25th, 2010
6:57 pm
Case question
I was wondering if anyone out there knows where I can get a triple clarinet case without robbing a bank. The one I have (a Gigliotti) has both of the zippers busted off. I was ok with that before I realized just today that I have a busted hinge as well (which is under all the fabric, so of course the world has to get torn apart to fix that). I figure I need to get a new case.

Problem: Other than the Wiseman cases (which you practically have to mortgage your house to afford one), I can't find a triple case anywhere. I've done a lot of Internet searching and come up with nothing but dead ends. Of course, I can't remember where I got the one I have (eBay most likely). Net searches tell you which stores carry Gigliotti products, but none of those places carry what I'm looking for.

In the event that finding a triple case never happens, I need something. I've heard that there are some double cases that will accommodate an eefer as well as the Bb and A. All I need to be able to put in the case is the 3 clarinets (all body joints, 3 bells, 3 barrels, and 2 mpcs). I carry all my goodies (reeds, tools, tuner, etc) in a separate bag so that part is taken care of. I can do without the hygrometer though it is nice. Backpack capabilities are also nice but not necessary (though I would like a shoulder strap). I'm trying not to break my already dwindling funds as I need to replace my bass clarinet case in the not-so-distant future (looking at a Pro Tec; the original Bundy case I have now smells and the latches are bent).

If brand info is pertinent, the Bb and A clarinets are Buffet R13s and the eefer is an older-than-dirt Bundy. I do not have the original case for the eefer nor do I have the original case the for Buffets. So, while the triple is currently being held together by its backpack straps wrapped around it, I do need something.

Thanks for your help :)

Current Mood: annoyed
Saturday, March 27th, 2010
2:08 pm
Sorry if this kind of entry isn't welcome, I checked the description and there was nothing about not posting stuff about selling, so I assuming it's ok....

Folks, I'm not an orchestral clarinetist anymore, which means I don't need my A clarinet around much, so I have no use for my beautiful Wiseman double clarinet case. If you're a professional or future professional orchestral clarinetist and need a really great case to carry around your Bb and A clarinets, this is the one you need.

Because they're guaranteed for life and repairs and overhauls are free, you very rarely see Wiseman cases sold used- once you buy one, most keep it forever. I'm buying their bass clarinet/soprano clarinet case because that's what I need now and I like their work so much.

It ain't cheap, but like I said, once you buy it, you never need to buy another one. Ever.

I just listed him on Ebay, if you or someone else is in need of a really nice case, check it out...


Wednesday, February 17th, 2010
12:03 am
I have Internet at the house!!
Yes, it's true. As of today, I have access. So, to celebrate, I pasted a posting from one of my Facebook groups (You might be a music major if...). Who out there understand it all??


C, E-flat, and G go into a bar. The bartender says, “Sorry, but we don’t serve minors.”

So the E-flat leaves, and the C and the G have an open fifth between them. After a few drinks, the fifth is diminished; the G is out flat.

An F comes in and tries to augment the situation, but is not sharp enough. A D comes into the bar and heads straight for the bathroom saying, “Excuse me. I’ll just be a second.”

An A comes into the bar, but the bartender is not convinced that this relative of C is not a minor.

Then the bartender notices a B-flat hiding at the end of the bar and exclaims, “Get out now! You’re the seventh minor I’ve found in this bar tonight.”

The E-flat, not easily deflated, comes back to the bar the next night in a 3-piece suit with nicely shined shoes. The bartender says: “You’re looking sharp tonight, come on in! This could be a major development.” This proves to be the case, as the E-flat takes off the suit, and everything else, and stands there au naturel.

Eventually, the C sobers up, and realizes in horror that he’s under a rest.

The C is brought to trial, is found guilty of contributing to the diminution of a minor, and is sentenced to 10 years of DS without Coda at an upscale correctional facility.

On appeal, however, the C is found innocent of any wrongdoing, even accidental, and that all accusations to the contrary are bassless. The bartender decides he needs a rest - and closes the bar.
Friday, December 11th, 2009
6:37 pm
Hey everyone -- I'm a senior in high school and I've played the clarinet for eight years. I was recently chosen to play in the New York All-State Symphonic Band. :) But I have a question about the E-flat clarinet.

I don't own one myself, but my school has an old one that I might have to play in the pit orchestra. I've played around on it a couple of times last year and it just sounds...terrible. I don't know if it's me, or the instrument or the mouthpiece or what. Can you give me any tips on how to make the E-flat clarinet sound how it's supposed to? Should I buy a new mouthpiece if the one that's already on it is old/gross? If so do you have any recommendations for mouthpieces?

Current Mood: cold
Friday, September 4th, 2009
7:02 pm
Alright, what are your thoughts on tuning rings?? Are they worth buying? Do they work? Not work?

Thanks a bunch!
Saturday, August 29th, 2009
7:25 pm
Solo De Concours - Piano
Hello. Does anyone know of a recording or video of just the piano accompaniment to Solo De Concours by A.Messager? I know I can buy it, but I was just wondering if anyone knows of a free one to practice along with...
Sunday, August 2nd, 2009
10:12 pm
Pyne mouthpieces
I got a Pyne mouthpiece about a year & a half ago. It's been at least 10 months or so that I feel like there is a lot of resistance,having to try harder to play, breathing more often, etc...I may have felt all this before then, but I don't really remember. Before I got the mouthpiece I was playing on Vandoren v-12s, 4.5s & a Buffet E-11.  I still play the E-11, but had to move down to 4s because it was too hard to play with 4.5s. I didn't think the problem now was caused by the reeds being too hard, but maybe the mouthpiece itself. I think the model is an M, with a medium facing. I was wondering if anyone who has played on a Pyne has felt this before? I talked to someone once who said they had one, but had to switch because it was too exhausting.  Before I got the Pyne, I was playing on a Vandoren mouthpiece (idk which model), and I got it out the other day to play it, and the sound was brighter and thinner, so I don't want to go back to it. I got the Pyne because I thought my tone should be darker, and harder reeds weren't doing anything, and when I got the Pyne I really liked it, but it feels really hard to play now. Maybe I should try 3.5s before considering another mouthpiece? I haven't had anything re-done to my clarinet in a while, so maybe I should make sure there isn't anything wrong with it either?
Thursday, July 16th, 2009
11:58 am
Counting rhythms. Help!
This isn't clarinet specific, but I thought I'd ask here anyways.
Sometimes I think I have a really hard time with rhythms, and that it's by biggest "weakness" in music. I've been reading and playing music for a while, and this seems to be the most frustrating thing.  It's not only when sightreading that rhythms may confuse me, but even if I see rhythms a second, third, fourth, etc. time, I still have to sit down and figure out how it goes. This is most common with dotted rhythms, when something is in cut time, rhythms beyond 16th notes, syncopation, or odd meters &/or changing meters. I'm sure this a problem for a lot of musicians, but I would think my rhythm would be better by now, and the worst part is sometimes I even mess up simple rhythms when sightreading.
I feel like I need a book or a website that is designed specifically to improve rhythm.  I know I can sightread to practice, but I don't think that's enough. I need something that will allow me to hear and see a rhythm, so that when I come across it in real music, I will automatically know how it goes. Does something like this exist?

Current Mood: frustrated
Wednesday, July 8th, 2009
4:15 pm
Friday, June 5th, 2009
4:37 pm
NYTimes article on Stanley Drucker's retirement
Article Here.

I particularly liked this part, about his and his wife's (also a professional clarinetist) shared studio:

A slab of glass sits on a nondescript black desk, used to work on reeds. Boxes of them fill a wicker basket. In a drawer a cardboard box contains a jumble of barrels — the barrel being the short section of the clarinet below the mouthpiece — and many mouthpieces. Mr. Drucker is always looking for a backup, he said, but nothing will improve on the mouthpiece he bought from Russianoff in 1948 for $6. He still plays it.
Wednesday, April 29th, 2009
10:10 pm
A Clarinets
 Do any of you own one? Are you borrowing one? What do you think of it? Any tips/tricks for intonation? 
Saturday, April 18th, 2009
11:30 am
Is anyone familiar with Rezso Kokai's "Four Hungarian Dances?"
Friday, April 10th, 2009
9:33 pm
Anyone here played any of Eric Mandat's pieces?

What'd you think? I played probably his easiest piece (Etude for Barney) and it was remarkably fun to study! Much different than most other clarinet music I've played or heard.

Some of the things he can do on clarinet are beyond phenomenal too! He blows me away.
Thursday, April 9th, 2009
11:35 pm
Small little mp3mergency
Hi guys.
So my Wind Ensemble at our local college is playing the Barnes Third Symphony from start to finish. It's gorgeous, I adore it, and we're having a great time putting it together.
My prof has the links up on his site to LISTEN to the Barnes, but we can't dl it.
I went to Itunes and I can't get the individual tracks off of the USAF Excursions album, I can just get teh whole album if I want the Third .  I don't *need* the other stuff, and let's face it, the economy is a bit tight right now.  
I checked Napster, Amazon, mp3.com....
Totally willing to pay for the mp3s, but I *just* want the Barnes Third, and I'm having major issues just getting it.
Anyone know a source, or would anyone be nice enough to send me the mp3s at my email address if they already have them?  I'd really like to stick this on my car stereo on the way to work and really get immersed.  It's one of the ways I work on stuff.

If you can, would you comment and I'll comment back with my email and perhaps I can get this set?

I was hoping to just hop on Itunes and get it for tomorrow ,but apparently fate has other plans, but the sooner I get it the better.
Thanks guys!

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009
8:59 pm
If you had to choose between these two for graduate school, which would you choose and why?: DePaul University and Arizona State University.
Thursday, March 19th, 2009
1:14 am
Hello! I'm new here, and my name is An-chan or Annikun, whicever you prefer. Anyway, I'm here because I play the Bb clarinet and the bass clarinet and I love them both to death - the latter is my favourite. I want to get to know other clarinetists ^-^ So, nice to meet you, everyone! I've been playing for some six years now, so I'm not very good yet. I'll get there, though, some day.
Actually, now that I'm here, I might as well ask you something pretty unusual. Since bass clarinets are rather expensive, I can't afford to buy one of my own. So, I have borrowed a bass clarinet from my music school for over a year now. Recently, though, I had to change the one I had, because someone else needed the bigger bass and I got the smaller one of my school. However, the instrument hasn't been played in forever and the metal parts are covered in rusty fingerprints. I know people usually play their instruments, so they don't normally get rusty... But just in case someone had any experience with this, do you have any good hints on how to remove the rust?
I've heard that lemon'll do the trick, but I'm not going to ruin a priceless old instrument by soaking it with lemon if it doesn't work.
Also, does anyone know a good online store with relatively cheap clarinet sheet music? I'm having trouble trying to find sheet music that I can afford here in Finland, so I think I should try ordering online.
So, nice to meet you, everyone! Any other bass clarinetists here? ^-^
Friday, March 6th, 2009
6:49 am
Hello! My name is Saku, and I've come to this community looking for information.

My brother, Phoenix, played the clarinet in elementary school. He's far older now, but he's dreamed for a long time of picking it up again. We've never been able to afford picking one up for him ourselves, but I have the money now to rent one to own. I'm trying to find out what places are reputable for this, and how one might shop for a clarinet. I wish to do this for his birthday in May.

We're unsure what level he still remembers, so I'm also looking for advice of accessories to buy, in case he's reverted back to beginner level.

I'm not sure if this post makes sense! I'm rather lost as to what I need, I only wish to get my brother something he's dreamed of for years! Thank you for any help <3.
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