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Clarinet repair in quarantine !

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Hello, so today I’m going to repair my clarinet. I never do that alone. I always bring my clarinet to the professionals to make it repair, because this is the right way to do, especially if you’re not experienced. Like me, I repaired my older clarinets before, but I have to admit that I never ever repaired. My Selmer Privilege, clarinets and today is going to be my first time.


I will ever touch my clarinets and repair them, so you’re probably going to ask why I’m doing it alone at home. Yes, as you might know that we are in a covid, 19 station, the whole world, and it’s been almost two months that I never go out, especially if you live in a crowded city. Like me, you know, I live in Istanbul and we have almost 15 million citizens. I find it a little bit too risky to go out, so my problem is with my B flat clarinet and I’m going to explain what the problem is exactly so, when I put these two parts together and I play F B flat, there is always some little Blank I mean, I guess you understand it, just doesn’t close, so I have to repair this part, and the second thing I have to do is clean. The chalumeau notes holes because the intonation is terrible and I am sure that all the dirt you know when you swab the clarinet like first goes into those holes.


The sound is incredibly disgusting. I need to end this today and now that I have a closer look. I see that also. I have to clean it silver, it’s really black and there is dirt. Also on the keys.


I also see that there is some dirt between the keys yeah, I’m going to clean all of those things. So, first of all, I will use the lighter and also a little screw with those two I’m going to repair this correspondence. I put those two parts together. I would check you know with a paper like which is not closing, but here it’s too obvious on the key: it’s all black, but when you clean it with a kind of cloth, it’s going to go off so I will use some towel for it and it’s All also on the pad, I think it’s not fine. Actually yeah, I don’t know if it’s any better.


I will first check if it’s fixed or not so, let’s play so. I got the other parts of my clarinet, oh my god, I’m so afraid. Still not okay. Yeah now it’s out, I think now it will be fine -too much I’m a little bit skeptical about how good it is to play those notes now, so I will try to heat it once more. I hope I am doing something right really hope that yes, finally, it’s been such a long time that I didn’t do this, because I was really afraid to do something on my clarinet, but I think this was the best idea.


I’M going to hold it like this. Just in case for a while that it sits, it seems fine. I couldn’t do this at all. It was like you know it was so annoying. I had to put it like kind of to the side you know like.


I had to slide it kind of like this. I could play like this, but the sound was much weaker, but now it’s much better for each note I think, but you hear the chalumeau notes: sound stillso bad, not happy with it. So I’m going to clean those holes, I mean I wish I had this courage to put all the keys out and clean the whole cloud clarinet. So let’s go for the second round, cleaning the holes. So now I need these two parts.


Let’S go so here, as you can see, I have many many stuff to clean, different things and I will explain: So I don’t need this lighter anymore. I have a tiny bit drop of oil just in case because I’m going to take those keys out – and before I put maybe I might need just a little drop of oil. As you can see, I have two screwdrivers. There are different sizes, actually one is a little bit smaller and one is actually perfect for all the keys and all the screws on the clarinet, but somehow sometimes I need also this little one to reach some places. I think today, I’m gon na use and go for this bigger one and to clean the inside of the holes.


I have this kind of little brush and on the other side, I have this kind of little brush it’s to clean between the keys, and I also have a soft toothbrush. You can clean clarinet’s surface with that and I’ll also to clean between the keys and later on. I am also going to clean the clarinet’s silver keys because they really got darker and they’re, not shiny anymore, so I’m going to use this special silver key cleaning. It’S made for flute actually, so it’s just a really good quality. One I bought this in Switzerland and I use this for many years now and I have to do it only once in a year, so I’m like okay, I’m gon na clean everything anyway.


So why not to do this too? So, let’s clean those chalumeau notes. Okay, first of all, I remember with my older clarinet that I was doing something with the screw, and I remember that I scratched my clarinet’s wood. I once scratched the silver too, so I’m going to put something around it. I’M gon na cover around the key under the key.


So now I cannot scratch the wood anymore, I’m covering around the screw. Oh, I should open the string first. Yes, now it’s easier perfect, so I put it on the paper, so it doesn’t get any dust on it. The pad looks fine. I mean I show you, it looks okay, I don’t know if you see it here, but I’m going to clean inside now.


I’M sure it will be super difficult to put them back, I’m so afraid I will not be able to do it yeah. I will play with my A clarinet. Then Yes, it is out yeah, the pad looks also fine. I mean there is no damage on it. It’S just the color.


So let’s clean those holes not going to further inside because tip of the brush is a metal thing, and I don’t want to scratch. Inside of my clarinet, that’s why I’m being like? Really gentle and like really cleaning only the hole? Okay? Yes, I see that there is something there around the key.


There is like some dust I can see, but I have to swab and then it’s gone. I also brush the surface. Okay. Now the G sharp key. I thought if those keys have another name in English.


I never paid attention to that oops. I mean you guys, probably know that I studied in Europe for like almost 10 years in many different countries. So I speak many languages, I’m not saying it to show off, but you know English is not my native language and I still make some mistakes. I’M also doing it, like you know, on this angle, and not like straight also like this and like this, because not this side of the hole, but the other side like inside part, gets more dirt when you swab it, you can’t imagine how dirty it’s actually and You know even a little dirt is so so bad for the intonation and the sound. I mean you feel the difference like wow I think it’s fine, oh no!


It’S not fine! Actually, I see some stuff. Okay, I will try to swab the clarinet. First of all, I have to show you. I see the dirt I’m going to swab woop, it’s not going out.


I have a better idea. I will use a q-tip, actually I don’t suggest it because after you using q-tip, it also leaves some dust, but first I’m going to clean with that, because it’s a big piece inside and then I will use the brush for the little dust again so okay, here We go, I got it but uh, but there is a second one. You see the second one. This is what I call a victory and then once more, for the last time, let’s clean the surface, once more, so now, I’m going to clean, also the silver keys. As I already put all of these keys out, I think it’s time now to clean their silver parts, because you see yeah, it’s really not the silver color anymore.


So, just in case you want to know its brand. It’S called “ Nap, Paris” You see now it’s so shiny. Now, I’m going to clean, also the A key I’m doing it. Like still soft. You know there are some corks and everything shouldn’t touch them too much because you never know what’s gon na happen.


I just cannot handle that. One cork falls or something please don’t I don’t know why it’s really really black. Maybe I should really separate my mouthpiece from my clarinet because I always keep them in the same place, but you know what they say. If you put your mouthpiece next to your clarinet, it’s not good for the silver keys. So now I’m going to brush the surface, you see up there.


It is now between the keys inside the holes. Okay, I think the upper part is ready now, so I have to put those keys in their places. Now, let’s start with the a key, alright, not so difficult, It’s sliding. You know, that’s why you shouldn’t push it really hard. Otherwise, you’re like scratched and the damage is done.


It seems fine, it’s not to lose it’s not too tight either. I think it’s fine. Let’S put the G sharp key. If you put the screw first and then the string, it’s really difficult, I don’t know, I can’t do it. I remember I did it with my former class and just didn’t work put the string first and yes done.


We got it in its place. I think you look perfect my darling, I’m so happy. Now I’m going to do the same thing for the other part of the clarinet and I’m going to clean the silver part. So I show you the result and of course, inside of the holes again, it’s really important that you should take care of your instrument. You know we have only one Okay, I’m done with the silver cleaning and done with the holes and between the keys so now to end the video I’m going to play.


I feel the difference like a lot. I don’t know if you hear it, but for me it’s like. Finally, I’m so happy so so so happy so guys. I am done with my quarantine repair and you see that it went well if I need to clean inside the holes again. This chalumeau notes, especially and if I have just like little problems with the keys and if I don’t need to change any pads or corks.


I have more guts to do that, so to finish the video. Thank you so much for watching it. If you liked it, please hit the like button. If you want to see more, this kind of videos subscribe to my channel and if you have any suggestions, because we all need that – please write in the comment. Nowadays, it’s really important to share all the knowledge with each other, because you know we are all going through tough times and we are all home and have to deal with these kind of problems alone.


So I hope that this video was helpful, for you hope to see you next time. Bye )


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Beginners Guide: Starting Clarinet

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Hey guys, what’s up it’s clarinet Heights here and I’m gon na be making a video today about beginning band for clarinets and when all you need to know and one all you need to have before you start band class. So let’s just jump right into the video. So first you’re going to what purchase on your net over summer break. So I have a list of some brands that I recommend there might be other brands out there. These aren’t the only ones I’m going to listen to you, the model and the brand, and these are all student clarinets, so they’re, all gon na be plastic, so they’re gon na be the best for you.


So we have a video reso tone. Any of the Bundy clarinets are just fine any of the summer. Clarinets are great, and if you could, I would suggest getting a summer. We also have a buff a b12. We also have a Yamaha ycl, two five five and we also have a Jupiter JCL, six 375.


Those are the ones that you should look out, for. We also have some that you need to avoid. Don’T ever get these unless it’s for a novelty and this one you guys are gon na absolutely hate me – do not give the color to clarinets. I don’t care how much you like the color blue. I promise you they spent more time putting the color into the plastic than determining the acoustics and the playability of the clarinet.


Don’T get me wrong. I’Ve seen some colored video clarinets out there that are really nice and I actually saw an orange one at a flea market and I was gon na get it and Vito clarinets are great but brands like Lazaro mendini. Those are the ones that you’re gon na find on eBay, that are about 90 bucks and there’s a reason why there are 90 bucks, because they’re not gon na last. You and a lot of the student models are meant for you to draw for you to go through high school with. If you don’t want to do, music professionally or in an intermediate level.


Most people play on those student model clarinets for at least 10 years, so make sure you get a good one and again suggest the buff a b12 or any of the silvers. That’S really great, so make sure you check those out now we’re gon na be looking at the places to purchase those clarinets. So my all-time favorite place to look for clarinets is eBay and I would suggest eBay to the kids whose parents are already have some experience with musical instruments, because your parents will know what to look for on eBay rather than someone who has no idea what they’re. Looking for and I would suggest, going to an actual music store and purchasing the clarinet through them and most fan programs are actually connected to a music store, so most of the kids instruments are going to be coming through those music stores. The reason I suggest to look in ebay first is because you can find some really good deals for a lot less than the music stores, so my first clarinet was an art li clarinet, and I still have that clarinet, that’s actually what my clarinet lamp is made Out of is my art Li and I paid actually my parents paid $ 300 for that clarinet from the music store.


Now, if you take into consideration my Buffet e11, which is an intermediate wooden very nice German made clarinet, I got the buffet 11 for a hundred and fifteen dollars more than the plastic piece of poop student model that I started on. So there’s something to consider. Ebay has some really good deals, there’s also Craigslist. I don’t have too much experience with Craigslist, but you can check on there see if you find anything. Also, Amazon has some decently good stuff and also you can check flea markets.


That’S actually where I found the fly. Dumont, Pierre clarinet that won’t play, and that was in another video – can check out the bigger that’s entitled my new clarinet. If you want, if you’re interested in looking at that, but I actually got this wooden clarinet, it played nicely whenever it did play 440. No, I got it for $ 35 at the flea market, so I just need to get it fixed and it’ll. Be really good.


I mean it would be a good student model, but it’s it’s like an intermediate cuz, it’s wood and it was only $ 35. So some people out there buying resell instruments, don’t know what they have and you could get a steal of a deal of people like that. So after you get the clarinet that you need you’re gon na be looking for beads, and I have how much these are. My used reeds, I’m keeping them and I’m gon na make an art project out of him at some point in my life. So I hope to have a whole lot more than these.


I’M very conservative with my reeds and I can make them last for at least four months as long as I continue working on them and ribbing them. So there’s not that many anything but the top Reed. Everyone suggests that you sort on whatever your big dinner is a Rico to size to breed, and I don’t think it’s actually like it’s just the Rico Reed, it’s not any special name. You can get a one and a half or two and the sizes are the softness of the reed so that one and a half is gon na be softer than the two and that’s gon na. Allow you to blow a little bit more and develop your lungs.


A little bit more before you hit the sides to read, then that it’s going to bring us to our next topic, which is the cleaning supplies you should have for your clarinet. So you have your clarinet swab, which swabs out the spit in the clarinet, and it’s very important to swap out your clarinet after each time that you play it. Even if it’s just a couple minutes, because whenever you leave the spit in the clarinet, it’s going to absorb into the pads on the clarinet and it’s going to make them, they would wear faster, so you’d had to get them replaced at some point. We also have a polishing cloth now. This is for wiping down the keys and, after a certain amount of time, you’re gon na get dunk finger, oils finger, nasties and hope to god.


You don’t get Cheetos on your keys, please don’t eat and play you just say. That was a really big problem in my the middle school band, but anyways wipe down your keys at this about every week and it will definitely prolong the life of your instrument and you’re also going to need some core degrees. It’S just a little tube. That looks like chapstick and it just pushes out like a regular chapstick, and you put this on your tuning corks to make sure you can put your clarinet together easily and not running any of your cork tunes. Now, since we have the basics of the clarinet you’re gon na need ones to avoid what you need to clean your clarinet, let’s step into the books that you should get for blank, so some books that I have seen a lot of throughout me progressing in my Clarinet are the standard of excellence, essential elements and that’s the book I learned out of.


As you can see, it is old. I’Ve had this since sixth grade. There is also the ha pal Leonard Roo bankbook, and that’s a Blue Book and get the elementary studies. It doesn’t mean you’re in elementary school. It just means it’s beginning and then there’s also accent on achievement.


Then there’s a blue book called foundations for superior performance and it’s really good for our foundations, doing long tones and doing leaps, and it’s a really nice book. So you should get that too, and I’ll have linked in the description all these items that I’m listing. So you guys don’t have to dig around on the internet. You can just click it and find out exactly where they are after you get your books and everything situated and you play through those a little bit. Your teachers, probably gon na, be handing you up actual sheet music, and what are you going to do with those to make them organized?


Well, I will show you get a decently sized binder, because I promise you’re gon na use the same binder throughout all a middle school and maybe even high school. So I don’t know how thick this is. I’Ve had this one for a while, and you put your music in these little clear, sleeve holders. I don’t know what they’re called, but there’s something and whenever you’re playing you can just sit it on the stand and sort of like that for all your music – and these were all this is all my high school music that I played on actually had a smaller One for middle school make sure you grab a binder before you start band class because you will need it. So if you guys have any other questions for some tips and tricks for beginning band class, make sure to let me know in the comments below if you liked the video give it a thumbs up and if you disliked it, give it a thumbs up anyways.


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How to Play New Orleans Style Clarinet

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Hi, my name is Eli Amon, I’m the heavy in instruction for the middle school jazz Academy here at Jazz at Lincoln Center, so happy, you’ve joined us today and we’re excited to be joined by new Orleans-based clarinetist Evan Christopher he’s going to be showing us how to Play on a great New Orleans standard called careless love and, let’s play a little first sure, and that’s so wonderful and that’s so many things that you’re doing on that horn that make it sound. It’S so unique and soulful I mean. Can you tell us just a few things about why you love the clarinet, why you love playing it? That way like I sometimes tells people I think of New Orleans. Is this a whole musical world, so I think of the music.

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There is a type of world music, and so it has has has vocabulary in its own language that gives it the feeling of that place, and so it includes a lot of things blues elements. It includes playing the instrument the way you know, thinking of the way singers might sing something and transferring some of those ideas and then, just some, in different types of embellishments. I guess how do you think through your instrument? Can you show us a little of that? Well, so singers use vibrato and the clarinet and classical music doesn’t use vibrato, but I think it’s nicer.


You can really make a warm sound and a lot of different things and the New Orleans clarinet players. Of course, they were hearing everything from opera all the way to Street haulers and everything in between. So you can use vibrato like an opera singer or like a blues singer, and what are you doing to make that vibrato well you’re, basically using your jaw to change the pitch of the note, so I’m making it a little bit sharper a little bit flatter somewhere in The teens kind of alternate, so if it was slow, it would be when you speed it up to it’s you’re beautiful. What are some of the other things that you were doing on careless love? Just now I mean you can’t play the melody just the way it’s written on the page or it doesn’t sound very much okay, but actually, it would sound like this.


Really, that’s not so interesting right right right. So I like to use pickups to prepare or introduce the phrase of the melody, or sometimes maybe responses after the phrase is played to sort of link the phrases together a bit better. Would that sound like okay, a little bit like this all right, right, yeah and I loved how you went down to that a flat seven right at the right time too? Well and that’s the thing because when there are other horns, the clarinet’s job is to emphasize some of those pivotal harmonic relationships around the melody. But if you’re the melody instrument, you can kind of do both or but you know or you do let the accompanist leave room to do that as well, and is that something you have to think a lot about when you’re soloing in the context of New Orleans, music leaving space for the other instruments.


Well, you know when I think of soloing in the New Orleans style. It’S really a lot about embellishing the melody, so the melody is always there so so yeah. I suppose I am thinking about that. Well, what are some other things like I don’t know, do you ever find yourself repeating notes or anything like that sure you heard me doing some of that and it gives it energizes the notes a little bit the New Orleans style. One of the hallmarks is kind of a nice, a nice strong attack, not a heart attack, necessarily, although some players did every note has just a little bit of a tack and that’s how we make good time.


Let’S hear some of that, okay, you know what I heard a lot of Blues on that one. Well sure I mean sometimes you’re only playing the same note. It doesn’t quite give it enough motion, so you use embellishments that are not necessarily in the chord neighbor tones or a blues inflection, but you kind of have to combine all the things you can’t just do one of them and it seems like one of the really important parts of playing the Orleans clarinet is when you slide is that called portamento? Well, the Italians? We call it portamento.


I suppose, and it’s you know it’s a little bit like things you might hear on a guitar or think you might hear a singer. Do. How do you do that? It’S a combination of connecting the notes, as they are on the horn in a smooth way, but also manipulating it with your the oral cavity. So you kind of it kind of combines the two beautiful and I would imagine the sound you’re getting is guiding you exactly how to move your fingers and your oral cavity is that right, you’re just trying to make a smooth transition between the notes so you’re not Actually, you’re not lifting them very much like you would, if you like, ha, that’s great, let’s play it again, and maybe you can just throw as much of that stuff at okay, all right.


You will start with some nice pickups and all the D. Then that will be actually it’s a nice way to give the people with you the idea of the tempo in the feel. Oh great


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Leaky Pads: Clarinet Instrument Repair

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Sometimes you have a spring that is either broken. It just doesn’t function right. The instrument is obviously leaking something knees, hold it down. I kind of mentioned to stay away from the big, the big rubber bands. They do work well as a spring material, but something I’ve recently found that I really like are the little miniature hair bands that they use.


I think for people that either do dreadlocks and beaded beaded, hair or things like that, so they’re, very small they’re. You know you just do one thing, so let’s say that this key was just flopping and not holding open. We could put it over there now. We don’t want to go on top of another key, so we can open the one that we don’t want it to go on, put it over the one that we need it to put it down, and that’s that’s good to go. If you have a key.


That goes up and down like this one, it needs to be pulled open rather than held shut. Now this is a spring hook. I didn’t find a crochet hook, but a basic crochet hook. You can find you file just a little slot in the end of it. It allows you to push and pull on these needle Springs safety notice.


These are made literally from needles, and they are extremely sharp if you’re not aware of it. I came back a little bit ago and I noticed that I had actually bled on a little spot of this, because I poked myself and didn’t even notice it and you don’t want to do that on your own instrument. You definitely don’t want to bleed on somebody else’s instrument, so any rate we’ve got this key here. We will assume that that the spring doesn’t function. So this key is supposed to be able to stay up.


It’S not staying up it just flops in the wind anywhere along this key. It doesn’t matter if it’s where the pad is or where the ring is. It’S still all the same key you take your little rubber band hook, it underneath the part of it, and this is one of those where you’ll just want to be aware whether or not it affects these other keys and try to find something that you hope can Hook it on to, but now we see that goes up and down if it’s not quite enough pressure, put a second band on it or stretch it to a to a farther distance. Sometimes you can go there and go around a couple of posts and that spot there will work it’s a it works really well again from the repairman’s standpoint, they’re easy to remove they’re done and that person then can go in and do what they need to do To repair that properly, okay, so you might be wondering, what’s with the fire, what’s with the lighters, pads are held in by some sort of a material that can be softened with heat and then cools and holds the pad in place. Sometimes we have a leak.


That is causing an instrument not to play or like say the pad fell out. We need to reinstall it one of the ways that you need to check for leaks. This is a popsicle stick with a little piece of mylar, which was our our balloon. It’S point: zero, zero, zero, five thick, it’s like five ten thousandths of an inch thick and what happens is, if I put this feeler under here and it grabs that means that part of the pad is sealing and air doesn’t escape. You want to learn to go all the way around at least four points of the compass when you’re checking a pad to see if it if it holds okay I’ll go on to a bigger one, so that we can see this a bit better.


So you put it underneath release it tug if it if it grabs out that way, it’s it’s sealing. If we go in there and we we go to pull it out and it just slides right out. Air is leaking at that spot. So let’s check this pad. This is just a little bit light on the back.


This would not affect really the way that this instrument plays, but it’s something I can feel so if it were huge and this instrument didn’t play, we would want to heat up the adhesive that is in in that pad again we’re being very careful of the direction Of the heat of the larger, the pad the more heat it’s going to take until it’s soft enough to be able to move, so you may want to do this a couple of times until you do it until it’ll move. One of our things is a cake decorating, spatula known as a pad slick on the smaller pads popsicle sticks, work. Fine, I’ve made these from all manner of things, so we heat it up, I’m shifting the pad in the direction that I felt that it was leaking. So, in this case it’s leaking in the back, so I want to try to shift the front of the pad, so the back comes in. I open it up put the feeler in test.


It see if it grabs check for uniformity around the perimeter, and you just do that until you get an even pull all the way around. This is a very, very fine method of detecting leaks. It’S definitely the standard of the industry for for woodwinds so, and these are really really easy to make. Another material that you can use is what I’ll have them cigarette paper you can buy a little. You know find a tobacco store, get a little package of rolling papers if you still have cassette tapes that have that have died.


The material on that is thin enough. That works. The little pull here on a pack of playing cards works real well, any of those types of materials are suitable for a fear. The lighter your holder, the more sense of the fetal, will be okay. So that’s a really good thing.



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What Not To Do: Clarinet Instrument Repair

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[, Music, ] hi, I’m Master, Sergeant, Dale Barton today we’re going to be talking about clarinets a lot of little emergency repairs, tricks and tips. First, we’re going to talk about what not to do first thing we’re going to cover today is things that I typically see that either you don’t want to do or you shouldn’t do or aren’t the best thing to do. One thing you’re going to encounter all the time is stuck joints instrument just doesn’t come apart. People do a lot of bending trying to get things apart. If you can’t get it apart, leave it I’ll show you some ways of getting them apart, but anytime, you force something it’s a bad thing, you’re better off to deal with it not be able to put it back in its case, it’s in to intend to damage It joints joint quirks are always a problem.


They either fall off there get too loose. Whatever a lot of people will use tape on those and tape works. It’S just not the best best thing. It’S difficult to get exactly how much you need then you’re back to the stuck joint situation. The player never gets around to getting it fixed and then it becomes a gummy mess to remove later on, not the best solution.


Another one is just strips of paper again: it’ll work, not the best solution. I will show you your favorite friend, to keep in your case for all of your major quirk issues if a cork has come loose. Another major issue – super glue, is one of my favorite products in the world, but there are ways to do it and one of the number one things is never used super glue out of its container onto whatever it is that you’re gluing people are always they squeeze It too hard runs all over the place. It’S not the prime thing to use on corks. It dries very hard.


You lose the resilience that way. White blues, Elmer’s type glue is really has no place in bandits from repair. It takes very long to dry. It doesn’t hold things very well, it’s a problem, rubber bands. Again they have a place, but the big fat rubber bands like these are really can be really difficult.


Sometimes they exert way too much force, it’s really difficult to get them on without affecting keys that you don’t need them on again. You forget to take them off. You’Ve got sticky residue, they harden, they don’t come off. They leave gummy stuff that you have to then fix later on. The rubber bands, also especially on a silver-plated key, will tarnish quite badly under under the rubber wherever they’re at.


So you want to be real careful about that sort of thing. Another thing that I see all of the time in the center joint of the instrument there’s some adjustments there. These are always cank tup from somebody using a regular hardware, store style of pliers that have really heavy serrations on here. So if you have to use that kind of thing we’re going to line the jaws of these, keep them safe or I’ll, show you more gentle ways of fixing and adjusting things without breaking out pliers. Oh here we go your trusty lighter.


This is going to be the thing you hear all the time my pad fell out. Who’S got a lighter lighters are all well and good, but typically somebody’s heating up a pad they’ve got this lighter right underneath it all of the flame is going this way. It’S burning the wood, it’s melting, the plastic, it’s frying, the pads, the felts everything around it. So there’s ways of doing this, that I’ll that I’ll cover, but it’s it all of it has to do with how you use it. Also, if you need a lot of heat, you’ll end up burning your thumb as the as the lighter heats up candles can work.


Typically, though, a paraffin candle, as it burns, has a very, very smoky residue that it leaves it’s not the end of the world. It is something that you can clean off, but it’s just not really what you’re going want to do. So, that’s a in a in a nutshell, a number of the little things that I typically see now real, quick we’re talking about using heat sources in my shop. I use an alcohol lamp foremost for heating pads. It’S a real gentle flame.


It doesn’t smoke a propane. You know, butane lighter works. Well, the problem is, you can’t really hold it too good and this metal housing gets. It gets really hot. So I had just got some salt shakers because I was going to put some other stuff in them whichever, but you can, and this can be any weighted base.


So you’ll need to do that and I’ve got one other quick one other lighter. So you have one lighter: you have to tape the thing shut that allows the propane to flow, and then you light this. You can stay down. Let’S try that again. Okay, we tape down the handle, start it with that one, and now I can have both hands-free to do whatever work that I’m doing with the flame.


It’S real important when you’re using a flame to be aware of the direction that the heat and it’s not always where the flame is, there’s there’s heat that rises up in here. So even though my flame is only touching here, the heat from that flame goes around. The pad and different things, so you always want to direct your heat a little bit towards the center so that it goes upward and then deflects away from the pad on the other side and away from the instrument. So that’s one of those things. This is okay.


When you’ve got an emergency, just be aware of where you’re directing your flame and be aware that, if you have to do this for very long, it gets really hot, you can burn yourself pretty badly with it. So if you’re in a position to make a little stand, it works exactly the same, almost exactly the same amount of heat as I would have from my alcohol lamp and in there you go [ Music, ], [, Music, ]


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How to Play Faster on the Clarinet with Jazz Artist Eddie Daniels


Yeah so, as I said before, it’s not what you play, but how you play it. A lot of people want to know how do I play fast and even sometimes, to my own detriment, I’ll pick up the clarinet and I’ll play fast when I’m not warmed up, and I find that my fingers don’t find the holes exactly how I want them to Not it not the same as when I’m warmed up and having played for 20 minutes, and so what I realize – and this is magical, that you can learn more about playing fast by playing one note, [ Laughter ]. So you might say well how’s, that going to help me play fast how you’re not moving well. The point is when you’re moving you have to land and when you’re moving and you have to land on a note, if you don’t know where the landing pad is, and you haven’t gotten accustomed to it, then you’re going to be just moving your fingers all over The place and you miss so moving fast, is not the issue. It’S finding the place where you land, because the note doesn’t come out until your finger is on a notes.


So I may have. I may go, but each one of those notes haves landing places and I’ve sat on those notes. So while I’m playing that slowly, each one of my fingers is getting to be at home in its home, I like to use the analogy of parking your car in the garage you know when you zoom into you. Have let’s say you have a garage. Hopefully, if you don’t we’re not talking about in your building in the city when you’re trying to or back into a spot, let’s say you have your garage and the garage door opens you’ve done it so many times, but the first few times you’re not going to Work one into the garage – you won’t do that you’re gon na miss and most likely, even for the rest of your life you’re, going to take your time going into that garage to find that spot, and you may even have this little dingy thing hanging down that Stops at your windshield, so you won’t go any further, but then there are times when you’re in a hurry and you I’ve done it so many times.


Slowly so many times, you’ve gotten in your car and you’re coming around the turn, and you know and your wife is waiting for you or your mother or your parents, and you go slowly into your spot. You shut off your car, you don’t rush it and so that’s kind of how practicing is you learn your where to park your fingers they’re little places to put, and if you don’t know where they are, you can move your fingers all over the place. That’S what it’s going to sound like see. There was no, I didn’t really concentrate on the landing, even though that’s okay, I wouldn’t you know there was a time where I wouldn’t lie, but it’s not the same as, and I also changed this out. [ Applause, ], [, Music, ] you so my finger is getting comfortable on that F hole.


It’S getting at home, its feeling comfortable. So then, when I have to go to it, it’s been there a while it says. Oh, I know where that is. You have to kind of tell your brain where it is. It’S like feeding a computer like having a machine make something you have to program it so you’re both looking at me, so wondering what are they looking at?


You could leave that in it’s nice, it’s cute. So important to play slowly because when I have to struggle when I have to when I do struggle over things, and I do and my fingers don’t do what I wanted to do – I slow it down. I just slow it down and so slowly that my hands are so comfortable and at home in all of those places that it has to go that when it has to move the movement is in between getting to the landing. And if you land, you’re cool [ Applause ] – and I forgot to tell you that when you play slow, when you hold a note, you start feeling things and you start liking the music. That’S where all the heart comes in.


When you hold a note so there it is, you


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Doreen’s Clarinet Lesson The “Growl”.


Hello: everyone, it’s doreen me and my shy, and today we are going to do a lesson, a clarinet lesson based upon a request that i got through facebook messenger. But before we go through that, let’s let me first apologize because it’s been about three weeks since we had this clarinet lesson that i said i was going to do every week, but we had a storm threat. Hurricane threat um the first uh week, and then we had my birthday, thank god that hurricane missed us and thank you for my birthday and just now we had another uh storm threat, really it’s october. Of course storm season lasts until the end of november. I understand that, but really october come on anyway um and, to recap on what we were doing.


Uh here is the paypal information and it’s in the right the right way: the right direction. I’Ve had it in the wrong direction for about three weeks or four weeks of a clarinet lesson broadcast and um this uh. When you donate um, we i had decided that um. We would give a percentage of the donations to our friends in lake charles who are very dear to us and who are really suffering. I mean it’s one thing to go through a hurricane and then to start recovering from it and then have another hurricane to come.


Uh and enter just interrupt your progress and push you back and that’s basically what has happened uh to these people now hurricanes are bad enough, but now you know they have to deal with the storm after the storm, which are the insurance adjusters. Now, if you are an insurance adjuster who cares about people? Thank god for you, because you know you’re few and far between, but most of them. You know they come through there and they’re, only really thinking about the insurance company and they’re cutting corners and everything. And it’s really sad, i mean very, very sad, it’s as if they have not gone through this kind of stuff themselves.


Anyway, we are trying to you, know, cut a check uh to these families and help them out. I mean and we’re honest, so you know don’t think it’s you know just going in my pocket or anything. I couldn’t possibly do that, but uh. I am trying to build up um. So it means something.


You know you don’t want to give somebody a check for 100 bucks. I mean you know when the roof has been torn off come on, so i’m trying to let it build up and uh, but i have already contacted them and um. They are very grateful. So if you are, you know willing to uh help out here. It is again that’s the paypal and the venmo, and you can give because you um want to help these people and us you could also give because you’re like me, you can give because you like clarinet lessons you can give, because you like jazz, you can give Because we have been giving our music to the public on the streets of new orleans and around the world for free and people have been donating uh.


And it has felt wonderful, absolutely great to raise my clarinet to the sky, to the sun and just express myself and people liking it and you know donating uh, and i can’t do that right now because of the pandemic uh. So i’m doing things from my living room, and so we have virtual buckets. So, if you you know, are in the spirit of everything that is wholesome and supportive, please donate so here we go back to the clarinet lessons and again i want to apologize, because i said i was going to do these every week and you know those natural Disasters tend to you know, slow things down, but anyway it’s on the ground, um and the ground. Just gets you wondering right. So there are two ways for me because you know i’m not going to teach you i’m not going to try to teach you something.


I don’t know anything about i’m going to teach you what i know and the first one is uh like uh you’re gargling, your throat right. You know you put something in there. You go. You know like that right. So that’s the one way uh and the second way that i know of – and there are probably a whole bunch of ways to do this, but i only know two.


The second way that i know of is a spanish r, which is you know what i mean now, even though, when i tell them to you, they both sound, very different. When i actually do them on my clarinet, they sound exactly the same i’ll show you. This is the first way, the gargoyle all right. Here’S the second way, which is the spanish arm yay, so they sound exactly the same, but the execution of them is totally different like for me um to try and do the gargle. The setup is just so.


It takes seconds, but it interrupts the line you know. So i don’t do that one that much now, i’m sure if i practiced it just like anything else, it would be just as easy as anything else, but i don’t practice it because i do the other one. So much better and um, you know the the transition from doing the the growl uh and not is le is milliseconds. So naturally i do that more uh. Now i guess a pr a way to practice.


This is to start out and we’re done with the the gargle thing, because i don’t do that very well and i’m not gon na sit here and sound bad because freddy kemp told me a long time ago and if you don’t know, freddie kemp he’s this tenor. Saxophone player, that’s absolutely fabulous. Um used to play with fats, domino and um. He used to teach us. You know we were learning this jazz in the beginning and freddie kim said.


Let me tell you something: bad record: uh, bad performances. They come and go but bad recordings they haunt you forever, meaning you could be minding your own business feeling really good about yourself and turn on radio and somebody put on this bad recording that you did you’d be like oh mess up your whole day right. So i we’re done with that. First growl thing: okay, the gargling spanish art there. It is so i guess a good way to start would be to uh to practice.


It would be to okay. So what i just did was, i started the note and then i started growling and then i stopped so and that’s on the g, because you know things are easier on g, much easier, uh and these are shorts. So i can’t make this too long. Remember if you want a clarinet lesson, hit me up on messenger and i’ll. Do you 45 minutes and i’ll show you how to do this growl, but right now it’s a short now um, let’s see so another way to do.


It is to actually start with the ground. Another way it would be done. You know it’s like that, that’s all i can say uh and you can rewind this and everything. So you can start the growl by playing a note on g and then starting the growl and then releasing it, because you don’t want to just know how to do the growl because it won’t make any sense. You know what i mean.


Oh you could you know. Well, you know you can rewind it and then you get stronger with it and of course you have to continue to put the air flow through and everything and you can do it on more nose, [, Music, ] right and once you’re um uh. Once you put enough air through it, you can go [, Music, ], [ Applause, ] right and that’s the growl. Oh, you can also do it high. Now it’s different when you do it high, because you know you got to get your throat together and all sorts of stuff, but it’s still possible.


[ Applause, ] right, so [ Applause, ] and there you go so um, that’s the ground! Now the song! Oh, i know we can do house of rising sun i’ll just do a little bit of it, because it’s a slow song that lasts for a long time, and these are supposed to be shorts and already we’re at nine minutes. Oh, my goodness, so here we go me mm-hmm [, Music, ], [, Music, ] yay. There you go that’s the ground, all the best, y’all love y’all.


So much oh and please remember the paypal. Yay help support us. We really appreciate it, love y’all, still and uh. You got any other things you want to know that i know hit me up: i’m good facebook, messenger under doreen, j ketchens and i’m going to start checking the doreen catchings, the fan page and the doreen’s jazz new orleans, because you know i forget to check those And people send messages all the time and i don’t get those because i don’t. I have to do something special to get those so please uh, keep on checking us out, really appreciate it and um all the best to y’all enjoy see you next week.


In the meantime, doreen and her shine are on their way uh to practicing right now, and you know i’ll, let you in on a practice session every so often, but not today, so y’all have a great one. All the best love y’all, bye,


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Doreen’s Clarinet Lessons – “Improvisation in 5 easy steps”.


Hello, everyone. It’S me the queen, doreen me and my shine, and today we’re going to teach you all how to improvise in five easy steps. That’S right and these are shorts. So that means i’m not going to talk too much all right and uh. I’M gon na play a little bit.


I’M gon na teach you a little something all right now. These we’re gon na skip a few steps because we’re not the five steps but we’re gon na go real fast, because these are shorts all right now, if you want a lesson hit me up on facebook, messenger at doreen, j kitchens, all right, and also we have Virtual buckets, if you like what you hear if you learn a little something and you’re able to if you’re able to please drop something in a virtual bucket, really appreciate it, and for those of you who drop like 20 bucks or something like that, you can get A face mask or a different kind of face, mask [, Music ]. You know and uh. Please visit the website because we have shirts hey, oh cups, you name it. You can have dorina all over the place, but in the meantime, uh improvisation in five easy steps.


Here we go, improvisation, improve that’s what that’s what’s in it right and that’s what you’re going to do, you’re going to improve upon the melody all right, you’re going to change it! That’S all! Now, when you first start, maybe you’re not improving upon a melody, but that takes practice and you’ll get it all right, but you have to have a melody all right. Usually i start my students off with a nursery rhyme, because the nursery rhyme you’ve been hearing all your life all right. So, let’s, for the sake of uh, getting moving mary had a little lamb, [ Music ].


I could have pretty that up, but that’s not what the lessons are. The lessons on improvisation. So that’s your melody step, one! You have to establish a melody now you’re gon na change that melody. What’S the simplest way to change that melody step, two, the rhythm: you change, the rhythm: how do you change the rhythm?


You either add notes or subtract notes? That’S how you change the rhythm, so you go for it: [, Music, ]. What yeah? It’S that simple! You just changed the melody all right, you just did some improvisation, all right people say: oh, my goodness, gracious.


How do you do that on that improvisation? No, i can’t do that at all. Yes, you can, yes, you can. You can make a mistake and improv you just got ta resolve it the right way, all right because you’re changing it. That’S step two step.


Three, let’s put some fillers in it all right. What’S a filler, it is just what it sounds like a filler. It doesn’t have to be complicated, make it a triplet, [, Music, ] yeah, that’s it and it doesn’t have to be there. It could be [, Music ]. All right!


That’S your filler! Now you have to strategically place that filler. But if you’re thinking, melodically you’ll know where to put it, for instance, [ Music, ] phyllis, isn’t that cool right? Don’T worry, we’ll finish the song but later, but right now we’re just tackling the uh the steps that was step. Three fillers step.


Four, let’s put an intro on it. Still three notes, that’s right! That’S all it is. Am i speaking loud enough because see that’s been a major complaint that you know you can hear the clarinet, but you can’t hear me talking and i’m talking more than i’m playing all right. So here we go three notes.


That’S all you have to do. That’S your intro [ Music ]! That’S your intro! All right now, melody rhythm fillers intro. What could the last step possibly be?


What could that fifth step, possibly be hey? You got ta end this right. Okay, so put an ending on it. What’S a good ending! Still three notes – i mean you know we’re talking basics here, all right: we’re building we’re building foundations here, all right, so [, Music, ]!


That’S right! That’S it all right! So putting it all together, how’s that that’s right, tada, just improvised on their head, a little lamb. How you like that and you take those five steps and you apply them to everything. Now, that’s melodically!


You still need to know what you’re doing you still need to know that you’re in the key of c you’re, starting on the third degree of the scale of the scale and you’re, using basically that key signature all right. But uh. It gets a little complicated. But when you learn, when you understand it’s really simple all right, so i said we’re gon na, do the lesson and then we’re gon na do a song, that’s related to the lesson well to end. It might as well do mary had a little lamb right.


All right, but before we do that, once more because they’re virtual buckets i got to let you know where they are there, it is all right and also, if you give about 20 bucks, you get a face, mask various styles, yes, and please go to www.doreensjazz.com and Order some stuff: we really appreciate it if you’re able to all right and um, i have from some friends in lake charles, so uh for every you know: 20 bucks you give i’ll, give five bucks to them, uh just to help them out, because you know we’ve Been through it and it ain’t good, it ain’t easy and they got hit really hard all right. So here we go mary had a little lamb and i want to tell y’all. Thank you all so much.


I didn’t realize how much of my soul went into those performances i mean performing four or five times a week is just so uplifting and so wonderful and having that strip from you because of this pandemic. It’S a hard pill to swallow. It really and truly is, but by the grace of god, by the end, by giving us the internet, facebook youtube instagram. Oh my goodness, gracious we have been able to reach you and you have been able to reach us and we really appreciate it. So thank you.


All so very much all right here we go mary had a little lamb, doreen style and remember apply all of this stuff to whatever you want to do, and you got it: [, Music, ], [ Applause, ], [, Music, ], [, Music, ], [, Music, ]. That’S how you improvise all the best y’all love you all so very much, please remember donate. If you can and see you next week, all the best



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Doreen’s Clarinet Lesson – Exercise in all keys.


Hello, everyone. It’S me the queen me and my shine and today we’re going to work out some keys all right, because uh you got to be able to do things in more than one key uh. You know every so often somebody sends me an email and they want me to play with somebody and i’m like. Ah, okay i’ll do it and you know it usually works out really well, and this particular thing was in c flat concert. What never thought it worked out, fine, really, but what anyway?


So you need to learn how to play in different keys long before you’re, my age, all right, uh and you know you’re, probably young and you’re studious and you’ve got this down anyway. But for those of you who are like me like, i was, this is what you do, so you don’t want to just go randomly i mean uh. I picked something like uh force going going up and forwards because if you’re going up in fours, then there’s a pattern, that’s established in your mind and in your head, uh uh a pattern: that’s actually really nice to uh to be able to identify and to play. You know you could call upon that. That could be one of your tools.


You know like that loop and you know the different fillers and stuff like that. It could be a tool too um, but anyway um. What is it? [ Music, ] right um and then you wan na – and this is the basic building blocks. Okay, we’re gon na expand upon this and build upon this as we go, but these are the basic building blocks, so you wan na establish all the keys right and then you wan na build triads major triads right now on this particular exercise.


So we’ll go [. Music ] and then you just keep going uh with the major triad um and that’s it. So that’s a good exercise to start with, and you just want to do that, so you can familiarize yourself with the keys and the progression. You know because it’s a good progression like i said, uh to do and you could start it off slow and build upon that all right. So, let’s see and just go like that, and that’s it how’s that, oh, oh, if you like what you hear, is it this way yay, look the right way and don’t use that comma.


Is that the right way i don’t know, but anyway, you could, if it’s not the right way, look check it out anyway, um, if you like what you hear and you’re able to please support because yeah it’s been since march, but things are looking up. You know. There’S all kinds of stuff going on the vaccine and everything else like that and uh, so uh we’ll be up again soon. Thank you god. In the meantime, i did say whenever we did one of these, that i’d play a song um, you know in relationship in relation to what we talked about.


I have no idea what that would be. All i know is it’s christmas time and whatever you celebrate happy holidays to you. But if you celebrate christmas, like me, hey, we got ta play a christmas song, okay, um, so uh christmas song. You know jingle bells always comes to mind because i think that’s my favorite christmas carol of all time right, but there’s plenty others. Let me uh, hey gotcha, oh christmas tree, so thank you all so very much happy holidays to you too.


Merry christmas. Now i’m gon na see you next week because i said i was gon na do this every week, but in the meantime, just in case you are not here here we go [ Music, ], uh,


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Doreen’s Clarinet Lesson (Working through difficult passages).


Hi, y’all: it’s me the queen, Doreen me and my shine and today we’re going to fulfill a request. Uh. Thank you by the way for your request, because sometimes you don’t see me for a week, but it’s because I don’t have any ideas. Then I start reading. I’M, like oh yeah, sure thanks well anyway, this request was uh to give some tips on how to work out difficult passages, and I can’t tell you what everybody else does.


I can just tell you what I used to do and still do so today, because you know I used to cram a lot, but anyway I just pulled out my trusty close, a method book and uh found some exercises that you know to skip around the place because Uh, most of the time, if it’s a difficult passage, it’s full of 16 notes or 30-second notes and they’re skipping all over the place. You know different octaves and stuff like that up, so you find these. You know little little little passages that give you. Oh, so much trouble and you know you find yourself just working them out, working them out, working them out and then you know you’re playing your piece and you’re you’re you’re coming to that passage like oh, my goodness, here it comes here, it comes, and you know You’re sort of diminishing everything, that’s coming in front of it and everything that comes after it because you’re either going to hit it or you’re. Not because that’s what you’re thinking about well, you got to change that because a lot of times you’re having trouble with that, because you’ve built up these fears, which you have to fight through now is a way to fight through it, is to just keep doing the Thing over and over again, you know, get your metronome out and stuff like that.


But another way to fight through it is to stop your brain from concentrating on that particular section and the way to do that is to change the rhythm, not the notes, because the notes are the things you’re trying to work out. You want to change the rhythm and the way to change the rhythm say you got four 16th notes, you know all in a row. Well, you change that to like an eighth note, followed by two 16th notes, which is going to sort of off foot it, and so your brain is going to sit here. Thinking about okay, I got to do this. Eight notes followed by 216 notes and I got to do it with these notes and it doesn’t sound.


It doesn’t fit quite as well, but I’m going to do it. So that’s what you do and I’ll give you an idea and uh yeah. So I need some glasses, so oh the passage [, Music], that’s your passage, there’s 16 notes and you’ve got to play that really fast and all this other stuff, um and you’re having trouble doing it smoothly because it’s jumping from node to node all right. So you change it to that. Eight notes followed by two sixteenth notes.


It was just da da da all right and if that’s hard to remember just think, cheeseburger okay, so you go [Music, ], [Applause, ], [, Music, ], [Applause, ], all right cheeseburger! Thats it all right, so you do that. You take your metronome. You speed that up speed that up speed, that up speed that up until you can play it a little faster all right now, yay you work through it. However, you want to secure that you want to you, want to.


You, know, embed that so you’re going to switch that to 216, followed by an eight and that’s cantata or burger king yay and as clever as that sounds I’d love to take credit for it. For today mine, I learned in junior high school from Donald Richardson, okay, so anyway you change that again uh and remember we’re not changing the notes, we’re just changing the rhythm, because that’s uh, what’s going to help you just distract you from what’s giving you so much Trouble here we go all right and now you speed that up. Take your metronome. You trust your metronome. Now I would put the metronome on but why just tick?


Tick tick! While I’m talking, it makes no sense because you’re the one that have to work this out anyway after you’ve done that, and you don’t have to do it for the whole exercise like if I was trying to work out this whole exercise, I wouldn’t do it for The whole exercise, because certain things are easier to play – you know your fingers, roll really well, but other things you know you got to do all this twisting and turning and those are the things you try to work out with the changing of the rhythm after you’ve Done that for a little while, then your brain has been distracted for so long. Your fingers have to have actually worked out the problem area, and so you can play it [, Music, ], and with that, then you can just increase the speed on that and you’re rolling right case in point [, Music, ] uh. You get the idea, isn’t that cool? So there you go, remember 4, 16 notes over and over and over and over again jumping up and down and up and down don’t worry about it.


Just change the rhythm: all right, don’t change the notes, change the rhythm cheeseburger, all the way through increase the speed burger king all the way through increase the speed after you do that 16 notes: ain’t gon na be no problem. That passage is gon na, be history. So enjoy having a great one: it’s still the holiday season, y’all, which is really cool, um and uh. Oh, I said I was to play something um after each one of these things to uh that was in relation to wow. I don’t know.


I have no idea. I have no idea-play something: [Applause, ], [, Music, ], oh [, Music] anyway, I could have played the exercise huh. That would have made more sense, but that was fun so anyway have a great awesome everything all the best. Y’All stays safe,



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