The Most Advanced Clarinet Book

‘The Most Advanced Clarinet Book is a collection of exercises, explanations and philosophies. Most are the author's original ideas as a result of experimentation and a few are those of his teachers. They attack the structural deficiencies of the instrument and idiosyncrasies that are necessary to master in becoming an accomplished player. Some drills are note for note from orchestral /solo works that happen to address specific technical problems. Practising alternate fingerings is always suggested, even in situations where they are not appropriate. The philosophy is that if they are used often enough they become “second nature” and part of your arsenal. Total familiarity with all possible “left/right” pinky fingerings encourages “even” playing on all passages. “L-L” and “R-R” slides are always suggested even when not needed. A “right-left” switch while sustaining a note is always something to practice, even when not necessary. Altissimo C# should always be played without the RH Eb key, even in fast runs. Throat Bb should be played with the right hand side key at all reasonable cost, unless smooth connection is compromised too much. Low B/top line F# played with the ring finger flute fingering has a better tone on some clarinets and improves flexibility of that finger. Play it that way even when it is obvious not to.’