Susan:

What to practice:
– Scales, arpeggios, and thirds using the cycle of fourths/fifths. You may start anywhere within the cycle, and go either way.
– Arpeggio triplet exercise. You will probably be able to find this in the Baermann book.
– Clarinet choir music. Think about dynamics and articulations.
– Mendelssohn piece – Andante movement. Keep working through this piece. Remember to focus on dynamics and expressiveness. Interpret the piece freely once you feel confident in the notes/rhythms.

Jonathan:

What to practice:
– Klose etude. Focus on getting the low notes to speak, specifically low C and B. Remember to use lots of air, and to relax your jaw.
– Work on the three songs we discussed – How High the Moon, So Nice, and My Favourite Things. Pay close attention to the rhythms.

Aubrey:

What to practice:
– Scales and thirds using the cycle of fourths/fifths. You may start anywhere within the cycle, and go either way. Try practicing the scales full range of the clarinet (as low and high as you can go) instead of just ending on the root.
– Band music: Rock Medley. Think about rhythms this week, and refer to the exercise we talked about if you have trouble hearing certain rhythms. First, play eighth notes along with the metronome on one note (say open G). Then, once you can hear it clearly, omit the first eighth note and only play the second, so you’re playing eighth notes only on the offbeats.

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