As you might have noticed, I’m getting excited about the upcoming In Harmony concert in Cleveland (May 26th!). In preparation for the concert, I made a little video. For those of you who have been curious about this music playing I keep mentioning, here it is.
This piece of music is an etude, which is basically a technical exercise which helps a clarinetist (or any musician, really) improve their technical skills, like finger speed, evenness and tonguing, while also working on musicality through phrasing, dynamics and so on. This particular etude is from a book edited by David Hite called Melodious and Progressive Studies for Clarinet. Isn’t that a fabulous title? Anyways, I enjoy playing through this book. I worked on these etudes primarily in late junior high and high school, so going back and playing them gives me a pleasant wave of nostalgia.
Rather than simply playing the etude as would be done in a clarinet lesson, I opted to add a backtrack using the oh-so-fun GarageBand. This gives the otherwise straightforward exercise a completely different feel. Let me know what you think!
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