Category Archives: flutter tongue

Low register colour fingerings: the special case of the paperclip contra

It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to add something useful to the blog, but I think this will be worth it; not only is this a beautiful effect, but it’s also my very first post on the contrabass clarinet. Composers, try … Continue reading

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…on close dyad multiphonics for Bb clarinet

This is one of the most beautiful multiphonic effects we have at our disposal, and despite having come across it in many pieces, I’ve been surprised that it isn’t better known. I’ve given a few workshops in Denmark in the … Continue reading

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…on singing and playing

In the past, I’ve had a tendency to dismiss or dislike singing and playing, but more recently I’ve come to enjoy it and even start to encourage composers to make use of it. I’m going to slowly rebuild this post … Continue reading

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…on clarinet articulation

Bit of a monster post for you today, so I won’t waste too much time with introducing it. Basically I’m going to cover all the different ways the tongue and throat can be involved when playing the clarinet. From the basics … Continue reading

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… on bass clarinet preparations

I started thinking more seriously about preparing the bass clarinet after Aaron Einbond used it in his (awesome) piece, Resistance, for prepared bass clarinet and live electronics. I originally assumed that it wouldn’t be so useful: one can only prepare the … Continue reading

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