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Bass 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.
  • 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.

Denmitz #5

  • Play a slight crescendo through m. 1 into the downbeat of m. 2, then decrescendo into the F#. Phrase m. 3-4 the same way.
  • Crescendo m. 5 all the way through the downbeat of m. 7, then slowly decrescendo into m. 8.
  • Start m. 9 piano, remembering the crescendo goes all the way to m. 13. Keep m. 13-14 forte, then decrescendo through m. 15-16.

Weissenborn #30

  • Breath marks are not given. Suggested breathing places include:

                i.     M. 5 after the first eighth note

               ii.     M. 8 at the end of the measure

              iii.     M. 13 after the first eighth note

              iv.     M. 17 after the first eighth note

               v.     M. 20 at the end of the measure

  • M. 1-4 play forte, but don’t articulate too heavily on the staccatos. Observe the small crescendo and decrescendo in each measure slightly.
  • M. 5-8 perform a slight crescendo.
  • You can pull the dynamic back a bit at the start of m. 9, and begin another crescendo taking you to forte in m. 13.
  • M. 13-16 perform as m. 1-4.
  • M. 17-20 perform a slight crescendo
  • Pull the dynamic back again in m. 21, and begin a new crescendo into the downbeat of m. 24. Round off the phrase in m. 24 at the cadence.

Boise State Clarinet Area Faculty

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