2014-11-13 Clarinet - Staccato, Legato, Tenuto, Accents - How do we do it?

Clarinet - Staccato, Legato, Tenuto, Accents - How do we do it? Sent Thursday, November 13, 2014 View as plaintext

Clarinet Mentors
For clarinetists who want to perform more easily and beautifully
In This Issue                             
November 13, 2014                      
  • A Note From Michelle Anderson - Hello!
  • Free Training - Staccato, Legato, Tenuto, Accents - A get-started video on the basics of clarinet articulation styles
  • Michelle Recommends - Great Trios/Quartets for odd combinations of instruments - Check out these books that range from beginning to professional level
  • Clarinet Is Easy - Complete how-to lessons for beginners and self-taught intermediate players
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A Note from Michelle Anderson
Hello  !
Welcome to the Clarinet Mentors newsletter. I hope that new members, and long-time members enjoy the clarinet news that I share here with all of you!
This newsletter comes slightly later than my usual timeframe. Thanks to those of you who wrote wondering when the Clarinet Mentors newsletter was coming. I'm glad you are enjoying the contents, and I love sharing ideas with you. Thanks for your patience. It has been a busy time for me!
Today's newsletter has a video aimed at less experienced players on the many different articulation styles and markings in music. This is hard to figure out on your own, so hopefully this will be useful to you.
I've played some really fulfilling concerts lately including the Dvorak cello concerto (one of my favourites, and it has great clarinet parts), the Mozart Requiem, and I am currently performing the Bartered Bride opera (lots of fast tonguing!
I was in Winnipeg to help my father move from the hospital (after a 2 month stay) to a wonderful new apartment. He is doing great, and we had a fun visit. It was nice to be there before those minus 40 temperatures hit!
​I'm looking forward to some great December concerts, and I imagine that many of you have some fun performances this month as well.
Thanks so much for being part of my Clarinet Community. I hope that you enjoy your clarinet this week!

Free Training - Staccato, Legato, Tenuto, Accents and all of those other markings...

There are many different types of articulation markings that you will encounter as a musician. Sometimes it is tricky to know how to interpret them.
In today's video, I give you an introduction to the most common markings, and how you can play them on your clarinet. This is designed for less experienced players and will definitely help you figure out how to navigate those markings in the music.
As always, I look forward to hearing from you. I hope you enjoy today's video, and if you have any comments, please feel free to write them in the comments box below the Youtube video.
Please click on the link below, or on the photo:
Michelle Recommends: Some fun trios and quartets for you to play with almost any other instruments
One of the funnest things to do as a clarinetist is to play music with friends, whether it is just for fun, or to perform for others. There are a few excellent small ensemble collections that I have run across that have somewhat flexible instrumentation. As long as each instrument has the book for their own instrument, you can have clarinet, tuba and alto sax (or most other common instruments combined together). 
Here are some of my favourites:
Easy - Intermediate - Three's A Crowd - James Power

This series has a very easy version (the Junior Book) and Volumes 1, & 2 are nice, very playable, intermediate versions. There are books for flute, clarinet, saxophone (has alto and tenor), brass (has trumpet and bass clef (trombone,bassoon,euphonium, cello etc) and flute (which would work for oboe or violin too). There is also a piano accompaniment book. Book 4 is all Christmas music, and nice arrangements.

Intermediate to Advanced - Music For Three - published by Last Resort Music

Music For Three is a wonderful series of trio music that can also be played with woodwinds, strings, and piano. There are several volumes, each with different themes from classical, to show tunes, to Christmas or Klezmer music. There is an intermediate book, and the more advanced ones can easily be used by professional wedding musicians (although they are not ridiculously difficult!). Check out their website at:


I love playing in small ensembles, and I highly encourage you to find some friends (or even acquaintances who could be come friends) and organize an evening or afternoon playing session. All of the music here is fun to play and well-arranged. I hope you enjoy trying it!

Clarinet Is Easy - Your Step-by-Step Beginner Course - Now Available! (Also enjoyed by many intermediate level players)

How To Solve Your Common Clarinet Frustrations and Play Clarinet More Easily
I firmly believe that if anyone has the "recipe" for how to play clarinet, things are really relatively easy to do. Most of our frustrations come from inadvertently learning bad habits along the way. With that in mind, I have created for you a 10-lesson comprehensive course for beginners (and self-taught intermediate players) that gives you the tools to truly learn the clarinet easily, while avoiding all of the most common frustrations that can plague us. I believe that these lessons can save you hours of grief by giving you the best practise systems that have worked for thousands of clarinetists. The lessons have great content, and are presented in a video format so that you can watch them again and again. If you would like to play with more ease and have a clear understanding of the fundamentals of clarinet playing, you can get more information on the Clarinet Is Easy course here (including some free preview videos):
Click here for the free preview videos to Clarinet Is Easy
If you are curious about this, you can try these lessons with a 100% 30-Day Money-Back Guarantee. (That means that you can try a full 5 lessons before you decide if you have received great value from the course.) If it is not the right style for you, you get your tuition refunded, no problem. I invite you to try it now! Many students have received amazing results so far from this course (and you can read their comments on the order page).
About Michelle Anderson
Michelle Anderson, the founder of Clarinet Mentors,  is a professional clarinetist and teacher who currently lives in Vancouver BC. Her professional career spans  30 years and she currently plays regularly with the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, the Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the West Coast Chamber Music series. She has performed with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the CBC Vancouver Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Touring Orchestra and many other groups. Michelle currently specializes in teaching adults to play clarinet more easily and quickly through online resources, and conducts the Vancouver Clarinet Choir.
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