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Four Octave Tremolo/Moving Passages Chart with Quarter Tones for Bass Clarinet

This is the bass clarinet version of my previous post (for Bb/A/Eb clarinets) on the same subject. I’ve created for you a chart that demonstrates quite clearly (I hope) in three octaves the relationships between all the pitches, including quarter … Continue reading

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Communicative movement in contemporary chamber music

An article I wrote, “Communicative movement in contemporary chamber music: hand werk in the rehearsal of pieces by Thierry Tidrow and Georgia Koumará” has been published by Divergence Press. You can read it here.  Looking forward to feedback and discussion … Continue reading

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multiphonic monday – pitch bending multiphonics (Bb clarinet)

First, a couple of general rules for pitch bending on multiphonics: * The highest audible pitch is the one being bent, and the pitch is always bend downwards, never up. * Bending a multiphonic often has an effect on its … Continue reading

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Reed tapping articulation

A quick one for you today… Went and saw John Butcher play last night, and he was using this technique, which involves flicking or tapping the reed with the right hand while holding down different keys with the left hand, … Continue reading

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underblown bass clarinet multiphonics

Today’s topic is one of the most beautiful bass clarinet multiphonic effects: the underblown multiphonic. Basically, to create the effect, we use altissimo fingerings, allowing the lower undertones to sneak back in. This is really a follow up post to … Continue reading

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