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Bumblebee Loops: A Practice Guide to Performing a Lightning Fast 'Flight of the Bumblebee' is a guide to improve your speed and musicality on the solo The Flight of the Bumblebee, but goes deeper to help you work out and improve the sound and artistry of any musical passage. This music book is meant for violin, flute, or clarinet but useful to any musician.
Chris Jones serves up tips and hundreds of bite-sized musical excerpts to help you:
•Identify messy and uneven intervallic and rhythmical flaws
•Increase your focus and practice discipline
•Execute smooth, clean, fast, elegant technique that blossoms musicality
•Apply these tools to any tough musical passage
By the end of Bumblebee Loops, you'll understand the importance of focus, persistence, and take the right steps toward becoming a total musician. #BumblebeeLoops #bbloops
Come see the West Point Band perform our Gala Bicentennial Concert at David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center this Sunday 29 OCT at 7:30 p.m. The tickets are free and the hall is filling up fast. If you are not in the NYCity area, watch the band's livestream on the our Facebook page. Click the link below the video to get tickets.
I play double-lip and in the course of developing that embouchure I found that a string ligature gave me the most sound per effort (breath pressure) of
Details about proper clarinet air support. Breathing exercises...
Clarinet articulation tips and descriptions. Definitions of legato and staccato.
Clarinet Shoes - choose designs custom handmade Italian dress shoes from Italy OR fancy canvas sneakers made in the USA.
Free Printable Clarinet Scales PDF. Why practice scales? Musicality or scale strategy? Getting FREE POINTS on your All-State Audition with scales. Scale links and the Major Scale Plan.
Descriptions of the poor clarinet embouchure and a troubleshooting guide to fixing them.
Correct clarinet embouchure descriptions and ideas.
Learn how to best use the J.B. Albert clarinet scales method book.
The West Point Band and Glee Club performed the 2017 July 4th Macy's Fireworks Show on NBC. This is a must watch!!!
See the Clarinet Leadership Scale to figure out where you are in the world of clarinet, where you are going and how to get there.
You have to check out this interactive historical account of the oldest USArmy Band, the @WestPointBand. Today, 8 JUN 1817 was the constitution of the unit. It is an honor to serve with such fine Soldier/Musicians of this historical unit.
I was just given a tip about a nice collection of clarinet quartet music composed and arranged by Karl Schmidt.
Looking for a full-time #clarinet job? Check out this West Point Band vacancy with applications due 26 JUN 2017. Go practice!!!
Customize your accomplishment for making All-State on clarinet with this magnet.
Had a great time playing this concert yesterday at Ike Hall, West Point, New York. Enjoy!
This Baby Giraffe Clarinet Bumblebee video gives a lightning performance of Rimsky-Korsakov's Flight of the Bumblebee
The Practice Chart helps you log your practice minutes and hours. Print these charts for free and use as an improvement tool on clarinet or any instrument.
The West Point Clarinet Quartet plays live radio at Q92 in Poughkeepsie, New York.
TUNE LIST:Sleigh Ride
Merry Christmas to All!!! West Point Clarinet Quartet plays live radio at Q92 in Poughkeepsie, NY.
Cyberweek 2016 get 20% off these Clarinet Shoes by entering CYBRWEEKSALE
Do you want access to your U.S. Military Bands? Do you want them for Concerts, National Tours, Street Parades (like the Inauguration or Fourth of July), etc…? Here are three things you can do to support the efforts of Military Bands. Say or write this (or more)…
I’m against Rep. Martha McSally’s added amendment to the proposed Department of Defense budget for 2017 (H.R. 5293) that would severely restrict funding for military band performances. Your Name.
Military Bands connect our freedom fighting forces/heroes and veterans with the American Public. Thank you for your support.
The Vandoren Blog recently published an updated version of "Clarinet Parent's Guide - 12-Steps to Improve Your Young Clarinetist's Musical Experience. First seen here on this webpage, it is great to see the Vandoren Blog take it to further audiences.
Bribe them and say If you play this measure correct, i will do a cartwheel for you! It makes them really want to do it right so that they can see you do
The following video was a Facebook Live event. The West Point Band performed at Marywood University in Scranton, PA on Sunday 17 APR 2016. This is a live view of the concert from one video source. It was a really fun concert to perform. I'll lay out the tunes and times below.
2:40 Awayday, by Adam Gorb
11:43 Duty, Honor, Country (this have a video accompaniment that you cannot see on this video
17:22 The Official West Point March
23:13 Ruffles Call from Afar, by Yo Goto, the percussion soloist is Staff Sgt. David Bergman
34:20 Appalachian Spring, by Aaron Copland
51:50 Armed Forces Medley
58:13 Festival Overture on the Star Spangled Banner
1:06:40 Stars and Stripes Forever
Well, I'm slated to retire from the West Point Band in the summer of 2017. This ad is to fill my position. Tell all your friends in the clarinet audition circuit!!!
Click on the link. Audition materials are due on 10 MAY 2016. See excerpt material on the PDF as well. Good Luck!!! Chris
How to find a Private Clarinet Teacher? Who to ask? Where to look?
Congrats to the LA Youth Orchestra for your opportunity to perform with Coldplay on the 50th Super Bowl halftime show. I can't wait to see/hear it. Read more here...
Congrats to my mentor and conducting teacher, Dr. William Clark, for receiving the 2015 New Mexico Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts. Thanks for showing me positive leadership from the podium!!!
While I play clarinet in the West Point Band and have Drum Majored the band many years, I've had only a few chances to conduct the group which I do in this video (Army Drum Majors use the mace to move the band around and officers conduct honors music).
Here the West Point Band performs the trio E. E. Bagley's National Emblem March. Usually, in military ceremonies, anytime the colors move to and from position, it is done with the trio of National Emblem.
Hello. I was just reading the portion of your blog (which I love, by the way) about the difference between professional and amateur articulation. You
Cool #3Dprinted Clarinet Keychain here via @zazzyjewelry. This design is only available until the 2nd of January. Order while you can!
1995ish, I had a clarinet lesson with Kalmen Opperman in NYCity on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. I was single and had no family visiting me in New York that year.
That afternoon, my lesson was the usual 3 p.m. time slot. I rang the bell, Louis, his wife, buzzed me in, and they let me in the door of his apartment/clarinet studio/clarinet workshop. I went straight to the lesson room to get my insturment together.
Oddly enough, Kal was not in there. He and Louis were back in the kitchen and I could smell the aroma of something cooking. Now, being a true Southern boy, the Thanksgiving heritage of my Mom (and currently my wife and girls) was to start cooking the night before Thanksgiving. I figured this is what was going on back there.
I put my clarinet together and blew a few notes and sat there. Kal never even really liked anyone blowing a few notes, much less warming up or trying reeds. So, I waited.
Eventually, Kal and Louis called for me. “Hey Chris, can you come in here?” So, I did. I walked into the kitchen to find a big pot of something boiling. Kal and Louis had a ladle and were pouring the “soup” into something very small and intricate.
Matter of fact, they were little plastic boxes. I went, “What are you making?” “Cork grease,” said Kal. “What, you are making cork grease on the eve of Thanksgiving?” I looked at the kitchen table to find a bucket of all sorts of jars of creams and oils, Oil of Olay, Vasoline Petroleum Jelly, etc…
I had to ask, “What are you making it with? The typical Kalmen Opperman answer was, “It’s a secret formula, can’t tell you. It’ll help preserve your corks.” Once the little cork grease plastic boxes cooled off, he and Louis put the little plastic lids on top, scratched in a K.O. on the box, and gave one to me.
I believe I still have my little box of Kal’s cork grease somewhere. I’d have to do some digging to find it though.
I know the lesson that followed was probably very monumental as all of Kal’s lessons were. But, this Southern boy will never forget visiting a clarinet guru on the eve of Thanksgiving whilst cooking Cork Grease.
The Clarinet Parents Guide gives you 12 Steps to Improve Your Young Clarinetist's Musical Experience.
Hi Chris --- I've been playing the clarinet for about two years now, and I still have problems with squeaks. I have checked the keywork and pads, rotated
Clarinet left hand position thoughts including photos and common faults. Goal - a more musically, efficient left hand.
Why have I not discovered this stuff before now? A little Celtic twist...
The second movement of W. A. Mozart's clarinet concerto, performed by Bruce Edwards with the Fulda Symphonic Orchestra, under the direction of Simon Schindler, with an animated graphical score.
Enjoy the colorful score described by some as Fruit Loops.
to play well FROM CLARINET-NOW This is a short note from Brian in the UK. I'd say you are right. Change the clarinet reed to play well. I can not
Vandoren Optimum and the shoelace method work for me. The shoelace method takes more time to secure, but produces such an open sound due to the entire
As an adult beginner, it only makes me love Squidward more for playing the clarinet. The only time he is ever visibly joyous is when he's playing the clarinet.
I didn't want to play the clarinet because Squidward plays it. But I ended up playing it and getting really good at it. One of the best in my band. Then
The West Point Band performs the Star Spangled Banner on opening day at Yankee Stadium 6 APR 2015.
Jazz Clarinetist of the Year nominated and selected by the Jazz Journalists Association. The winner is clarinetist Anat Cohen.
10 goals for beginner adults who wish to learn the clarinet.
10 Clarinet Goals for Returning Adults will guide you through dusting off that old clarinet. Come on, let's make some music.
Best clarinet scale books are your path to gaining great technique and learning music well. The Albert, Baermann, Steivenard methods are all tried and true for clarinetists for over a 100 years.