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Clarinet Lessons: Beethoven - Symphony #6, 2nd Movement

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In Beethoven's symphony number six in
the second movement there
is a solo that is right
before D which is the one that
the clarinet plays by itself.
We played it earlier with
the bassoon early in the movement.
But we're going to be discussing
the big solo for us right now,
the one that starts at D.
There's a couple of things that
are expected of us when we play this.
The communities usually expect
a nice singing quality tone,
balanced articulation, and good rhythm.
Now, the good rhythm part is actually
one of the things that gets us
in bad shape over here, and
the reason why is because there's a lot of
rests in-between having to come
in with a good sound and play.
Now I have a couple of
little suggestions for that.
What I try to do is to make everything
that we're doing part of the music.
Everything clarinetistically speaking.
Which means that we are trying
to incorporate the breathing and
exhaling and the preparation for the solo.
We tend to hear sometimes people
playing it where there is a little
bit of a click or the air.
A little bit of whistle that
[SOUND] before we start so
we can hear something like this.
It's not the nicest kind of sound to hear,
and eventually creates a little
bit of tension when you are taking
a breathe that is just at
the last minute to create that.
So I would suggest thinking
everything in rhythm.
So basically the way that it
goes is da da di tun tun.
Exhale and inhale and then go.
Ba da di da ta da.
Exhale, inhale, and then go.
Da di da da ga da.
Exhale and inhale and prepare.
Da da di di da.
Like that.
So that, then, everything that
we're doing is part of the rhythm.
We need those little beats to get the air
exhaled and the inhaling in a pendulum.
That way, you will have a much
better chance of keeping everything
rhythmically correct and the entrances
in the right spot, instead of.
Da da di da da.
Da da da da.
Or a da da da da count.
Those kinds of things creates
a little bit of tightness and
it doesn't have the room for
us to have a nice flow.
So the way to be thinking it again
is da da da di ta da exhale and
inhale then prepare da da da di ta da.
Exhale, inhale and go.
So let's just try to do that.
I'm going to try to do it and
if when I play it.
But just try to make sure that
what i'm trying to do is,
then it's a little bit more fluid and
it's all part of it.
So i'm going to start it
right here just to show you.
And i'm going to exaggerate the movement
and the breathing so you can hear, okay?
Okay that
sounds like a crazy
person doing it right,
but this is just
to give us an idea.
What we tried to do is that is all
happening while we're doing it internally.
Okay we keep all
the things to ourselves.
If you'd like to submit this Beethoven
excerpt, here's what I'm looking for.
Beautiful sound, clear articulation,
evenness, warm, clear tone.
Pay attention to intonation, color-blend
between third registers and upper clarion,
rhythmic stability, and
keeping a bouncy character.
Before you submit your video, be sure to
watch the other video exchanges on this
excerpt, and
see what I have told the other students.
Once you have done that,
submit your video.
I'll take a look and
give you some feedback.