CLARINET KICKSTART! Getting Started with Ease and Speed.
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CLARINET KICKSTART! Getting Started with Ease and Speed.

The Most Vital 14 Videos to Watch If You Have Just Started to Play the Clarinet. Enrol now for ALL THE HELP YOU NEED!
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Created by Maggie Gray
Last updated 10/2016
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This course includes
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Develop a BASIC TECHNICAL FOUNDATION to use in ALL STYLES OF PLAYING
  • SET UP and HANDLE THE CLARINET for EASE OF PLAYING and OPTIMUM RESULTS
  • UNDERSTAND BASIC NOTATION AND READING SKILLS
Requirements
  • No Former Skills are Required
  • You will need a Clarinet, some Reeds – Strength 11/2 and a Mirror.
  • A few minutes, most days of the week are needed to do some FOCUSED Practice.
Description

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...

  • Assemble the clarinet perfectly – so it works perfectly.
  • Handle it so it feels easy to play.
  • Use a sling for support if needed – appreciate how the neck position and length of the sling can make a difference to the sound.
  • Imagine the shape of the column  air as you start to control the sound.
  • Play with a well-formed mouth position – your "embouchure" – make sound production easy.
  • Use the Tongue – to articulate the notes.
  • Understand how the music is written and identify the notes and rests on the stave.
  • Feel the pulse as you think the counting of the rhythms of the notes in your head.
  • Learn the first notes and exercise your fingers.
  • Play with the accompaniments – firstly play along with the tune then have a "soloist" experience as you play the tune against independent accompaniments.
  • ENYOY YOUR PLAYING AS YOU KEEP THINGS SIMPLE.

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.

SIGN UP FOR THIS COURSE NOW AND GET SOME IMMEDIATE BENEFIT

Who this course is for:
  • Absolute Beginner Clarinet Players looking for an easy, Confident and Fast Start
  • Every Clarinet Player who wants to improve their Core Skills
Course content
Expand all 14 lectures 01:25:56
+ WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT – FOCUS ON THE CLARINET!
2 lectures 18:14

Examine both the robust and delicate parts of the instrument and appreciate why it's important to handle the different sections  in a specific way. 

Learn how to clean and care for your Clarinet.  

Preview 11:27
+ PREPARING TO PLAY – FOCUS ON YOU!
4 lectures 17:46

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.     

POSTURE AND BREATHING
07:47

How the position of the neckpiece and the length of the sling will enhance your playing experience considerably.

USING A SLING
02:23

Instil good habits of natural hand and arm positions before you play. Make playing feel comfortable.

HAND POSITIONS FOR EASE
06:16

How to angle the clarinet to help produce an open, round sound.

BEST CLARINET ANGLE
01:20
+ PRODUCING THE BEST SOUND IN TOWN!
2 lectures 24:26

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.  

EMBOUCHURE AND TONGUING
18:15

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.  

EMBOUCHURE CHALLENGES SOLVED
06:11
+ READING IN THE FIRST STAGES
4 lectures 17:20

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.

NOTE RESTS AND VALUES
02:47

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.

NOTES ON THE STAVE
03:52

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 – This is THE MOST IMPORTANT BIT!!!!!
03:24

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.  

COUNTING TIME
07:17
+ NOW – LET'S PLAY – PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER.
2 lectures 08:10

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.

PLAY "EASY PEASY FOREVER"
04:41

New Note "D"

FEEL the note, SEE the note, HEAR the note.

Play "Swing with D"

PLAY "SWING WITH D"
03:29