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Clarinet Lessons: Stravinsky - Firebird Suite, Variation #9 to End

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Well, the variation of the Firebird
in the Firebird Suite is actually one of
those pieces that is very tricky because
we have to have absolute precise rhythm.
But it still has to be phrased, okay?
And what I mean by it
still has to be phrased,
of course we want to phrase every piece.
But in this one, we still have to sound
like a little bird going [SOUND].
So I have to have gestures, okay?
It has to sound like you're
doing a gesture, but
you're actually playing
everything in rhythm.
[SOUND] So that then we have everybody
being able to play really rhythmically.
Now try to make sure that
you phrase the first gesture
to work the third eighth note so
that way it will help you not to rush.
So you go
If we go toward the third beat and
we practice it like that,
the phrasing it like that, then
eventually we'll get more comfortable and
for it to have a nice little fluidity.
I'll try to play several
times going from slowly and
gradually faster to see, and
try to show you how that goes.
Now the other thing
to be thinking about
is the rhythmic accuracy
of the next measure.
Many people actually play, they
articulated note as part of the triplet.
And actually that's a big mistake.
It's actually a duplet.
[SOUND] So, one of those things is
extremely important to make
sure that we get very rhythmic.
Now you have to remember the orchestra,
the violins are going with
triplets of two sixteen notes.
The second note gets clipped so
much that it ends up sounding basically
like a little metronome for us.
So, in tempo
Okay, no
Not that one, this one.
So when we put
it together,
Now we have it a little bit slower so
you can practice it and
hear with the metronome.
And how we can try to get every
little single rhythmic north and
articulation worked out.
So the important thing for
this one is to practice it slowly,
slowly, slowly, nice and easy,
and then we get the flow.
If you'd like to submit this Stravinsky
excerpt, here's what I'm looking for,
clarity of notes, rhythm and dynamics.
But pay attention to
always keep phrasing and
make sure that it has
the color of the firebird.
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.