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B-flat Clarinet All-State Resources

Chromatic Scale

  • Begin by practicing this very slowly and slurred.
  • Make sure you are using correct alternate fingerings on the following notes: low register A#/B-flat, Side or sliver D#/E-flat, Side key F#/G-flat, high register F#/G-flat, side key or sliver A#/B-flat.
  • In the altissimo, do not apply the E-flat pinky key on C#, but use it on D and above. Make sure to remove it when you are coming down to D-flat.
  • Once you are comfortable with the slurred fingerings, add a legato articulation (dee, dee syllable), and gradually increase the speed.
  • Don’t play this faster than you can cleanly execute tongue and fingers.

Rose 32 Etudes #13

  • This etude has some rhythmical challenges. I recommend practicing it thinking of an eighth note as the beat so you can switch from sixteenth notes to sixteenth note triplets to thirty-second notes accurately. Practice these sections slowly until your fingers are clean. Remember that the sixteenth notes will feel pretty slow at the marked tempo.
  • Crescendo through m. 3 into the downbeat of m. 4 on G#, and round off into the resolution of throat A. Take a breath after the A.
  • Beginning at the three eighth notes in the second half of m. 4, there is a long crescendo stretching all the way to the downbeat of m. 7. Take a breath in m. 6 after the F# on beat 3 if you need it. After reaching the D in m. 7, round off the phrase with a decrescendo.
  • Begin a crescendo in m. 9-10, playing full in m. 11, but add a slight decrescendo into m. 12. Crescendo into m. 13, and keep the volume full all the way to m. 15 beat 2. I suggest a quick breath after the A# in m. 13. You should flip to the middle finger F# on beat 3 of m. 13. In m. 14, use the side key F# for both notes. Add a decrescendo into the cadence at m. 16.

Rose 32 Etudes #26

  • This etude is technically challenging. Be sure to start practicing it slowly and observe all articulations and the key signature.
  • Begin with a full tone, but also leave room to crescendo m. 1-3 and decrescendo m. 4 slightly. Use left-hand pinky C in m. 2 and 3. In m. 4, use the side key alternate F#.
  • Phrase m. 5-8 as you did m. 1-4. You can take a breath right after the B before beat 2. Use your alternate B-fingering here.
  • Take a quick breath after the E on beat 1 of m. 9. If you need another breath, you can take one in m. 10 after the E-flat on beat 3. Make sure to articulate cleanly each jump to the high register in these measures.
  • Begin a crescendo in m. 11 through 12 on the chromatic scale. Use correct chromatic fingerings (see #1 above).
  • Begin m. 13 with a full tone, but perform a slight decrescendo. Then, crescendo in the chromatic in m. 14. M. 15 perform a slight decrescendo.
  • M. 16-18 use a very legato articulation for the slurred pairs of notes. You can take a quick breath at the end of m. 15. Start m. 16 a bit softer and perform a long crescendo into m. 18
  • Keep m. 18 full, and crescendo m. 19 into m. 20. In m. 19, use a left-hand C and right-hand B, so you can reach A-flat on the left. In m. 20, use left-hand C again.

Boise State Clarinet Area Faculty

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