To my later students: I’m so sorry for the timing mix-up this week, and I really appreciate your understanding! It was a misreading of the schedule on my part that won’t happen again. Here’s your work for the rest of the week:


Aim for regularity of practice for the rest of this week: Remember, small intervals of regular practice are much more effective for building habits than ‘cramming’!

#1. Note-naming
#2. Bb major scale, two octaves
– Use big air support and allow more of the reed to vibrate on the lower notes. Remember your low Bb fingering: the LH pinky’s lowest key.
#3. pg. 8 #6.
– Work on reading note-to-note (ie. ‘step up’, ‘skip down’) instead of trying to name all the notes as you play.
#4. Pirates of the Caribbean
– practice with metronome at 100bpm. Use earbuds (with one in an ear and one out) if you can’t hear above the volume of your playing.


#1. Continue overtone exercise A to C with metronome at 60bpm.
#2. B and C dorian, 2 octaves in 8th notes with a metronome – start at 60, building towards 75.
#3. Continue pg. 37 #2 with metronome on 8th notes at 80bpm.
#4. So What transcription: work on memorizing 1:30-1:47 of the solo this week. Write yourself notes if you need.


#1. Note naming
#2. Galper 93, 55, 67
#3. Listen to So What by Miles Davis (video above). We’ll start learning this this week. Can you figure out the melody the horns play? Which soloist do you like the best?


Focus on consistency of rhythm in your playing this week – use a metronome when indicated and always try tapping your foot as you play to help extend the rhythm throughout your body.
In terms of your right hand thumb, remember to support the clarinet with your muscles instead of letting the weight rest on your bone and tendon in a way that can overstretch and cut off circulation. Don’t push it; whenever you get tired, try sitting down and supporting the bell of the clarinet between your knees.
#1. Note naming
#2. Galper:
85 – metronome at 75 bpm.