At 1 hour 20 minutes long "Clarinet Kickstart" is the core beginners content of the long coaching programme 'Take Note Beginner Clarinet'
This is about getting the fundamentals of playing right! it will provide you with a solid foundation on which to build your skill set.
All the vital facts are niched into one package. Direct and to the point there is nothing here that is irrelevant or unimportant. Step by step the material makes the playing easy and will get you going as quickly as possible.
The course focuses on specific areas in turn – the Clarinet itself, how it is handled, how the sound is made, how to read music with understanding, how to feel and play with a pulse and bring the music alive – and finally, all the skills are brought together to play some tunes, when you will enjoy playing along with the accompaniments.
You will learn to...
By focusing your full attention on only the most helpful habits you will achieve great results.
The whole course will only take you an hour and a half to watch through but because ALL THE CONTENT IS IMPORTANT you need to work on this for some considerable time till you habitually play in the best way, – and even then IT IS WISE TO REVISE THIS MATERIAL FROM TIME TO TIME.
You have nothing to loose! Get your playing on track and do not practise in unhelpful habits that will impair your playing in the future.
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Learn to keep a natural body shape as you sit or stand to inhale the air correctly. Start to control the sound by imagining the shape of the column of air as you push it through the instrument to produce your best sound.
How the position of the neckpiece and the length of the sling will enhance your playing experience considerably.
Instil good habits of natural hand and arm positions before you play. Make playing feel comfortable.
How to angle the clarinet to help produce an open, round sound.
Learn about the muscles of the mouth, and how to put the mouth and teeth around the mouthpiece to make the sound easily.
Learn to make the sound in a few short steps, then slowly follow a series of mini exercises to ensure you breathe in through the mouth correctly (the nose is never involved in playing) and tongue the reed. You will need to use a mirror at head height to make sure you learn each small step correctly. Take plenty of time with this exercise.
Learn exactly what to do if the sound doesn't come out as you want. Learn to make sound production comfortable and easy. Learn what to do if you have a wobbly lip or you look like a frog.
Appreciate how learning to read is going to be simple. Learn the lengths of the notes in both American and English terminology. Learn the rest values and where they are written on the stave.
Become familiar with the stave. Learn the names of the notes within the stave and a rhyme and a word to help you identify the name of each note. Understand the concept of how the pitch of the note rises the further up the stave it is placed.
This section is vital. Give it lots of time.
The pulse – or "the beat" in the music is the thing that gives the music life and makes the listener engage with your playing. – Have you ever danced or tapped your foot to a tune without a beat?
By being "Pulse Aware" from the beginning you will stand out from the crowd.
FEEL the pulse then THINK/count the rhythms of the written music to the pulse you FEEL. You will be surprised how easy this is.
Learn New Note "E". LISTEN to how the note sounds, SEE where the note is written on the Stave and FEEL the fingers on the Clarinet as you play "E".
Play along with the accompaniment as you follow the music on the screen.
New Note "D"
FEEL the note, SEE the note, HEAR the note.
Play "Swing with D"
Maggie Gray is a member of The Royal Society of Musicians of Great Britain. She has had an extensive career as a professional musician, working in television, radio and London's West End Theatre Orchestras, both as a woodwind player and Musical Director. Maggie trained at Trinity College of Music, London, and Reading University. She is an experienced teacher at primary, secondary and professional levels.
"Maggie’s teaching style is fun fun fun! A great teacher who knows her stuff and inspires her students. Learning with Maggie was so enjoyable. She’s a genuinely knowledgeable educationalist, with a sense of humour and a wealth of professional experience.” Anthony Strong,
Welcome to the "Take Note Beginner Courses" Allow me to tell you how they evolved.
My career has fallen into two stages. For the first 25 years, I played professionally, full time with a small amount of teaching then I qualified as a middle school music specialist at Reading University and my passion became teaching instruments. Combining a professional playing perspective with extensive teaching experience has enabled me to create a system of learning that has fantastic results with students of all ages.
I believe that all students have the ability to play. I never audition to establish talent because many beginners, after a challenged start, can blossom into accomplished musicians. With the right guidance, I believe all students can reach a good standard for themselves and thoroughly enjoy the process too.
As a child, my experience was typical of so many beginners. I could so easily have given up when the usual challenges arose. Had it not been for a supportive teacher and a smart Dad, who insisted that I follow through, I could so easily have missed out on the fabulous career I've enjoyed. After what seemed like a long, arduous start I felt comfortable, fell in love with playing and there was no stopping me.
I honestly believe that playing a musical instrument is one of the best things a student can do. The procedure of learning can be made easy and pleasurable through the whole musical journey. As well as being endless fun there are so many other benefits – the developed confidence, the enhanced motor skills, the sympathetic musical ear – are all life-enhancing - and life-lasting too.
As I know what it feels like to struggle a beginner, it has always been my mission to make each pupils' experience as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. There is simply no reason to struggle at any stage of playing. Over the years, I have welcomed parents into the occasional lesson and encouraged them to know a little of what their child is doing as the child always blossoms with a small amount of home support. Parents feel distressed seeing their young child struggle at home and they often feel helpless about what to do. They hold the myth that they are "not musical" and believe that they can not be of support. Suddenly it hit me that I had to create a resource for parents and children for the beginning stages of learning.It was such a radical idea because nothing like this existed out there.
Frequently young beginners forget some of what the teacher has said and will spend the week before the next lesson practising in mistakes and setting in problems and disillusionment. As a professional I know – the challenges at the beginning are always about the technical handling of the instrument – never about "being musical" A supportive parent can be one of the most valuable assets a child can have. Just by knowing simple facts a parent can merely prompt a child here and there preventing mistakes and unhelpful habits practised in over and over again. In turn, this keeps the progress, the motivation and energy high and the child's' experience transforms.
Without the right guidance, any beginner will struggle. The problem solving "Take Note Beginner Clarinet" courses were born in 2015 and until recently have only been available in DVD format. They have been welcomed to great acclaim, not only by young beginners and parents but by also by adult players who wish to either self-teach or supplement their lessons. As well as being a series of lessons "Take Note Beginner Clarinet" is used as a reference guide to fundamental skills, providing solutions and answers on demand when you have a challenge with any aspect of your playing. Being audiovisual this is like having a teacher in your living room – but at a fraction of the cost. Having the answers on tap gives you the peace of mind you are on track to a superb and secure start to your playing experience.