The concept of the Ultimate Exercise is simple… If you can play from any note on the clarinet to any other note on the clarinet smoothly, same tone color then you can play anything!
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The concept of the Ultimate Exercise is simple… If you can play from any note on the clarinet to any other note on the clarinet smoothly, with the same tone color and ease, then you can play anything!
Easier said than done… how do we master this sometimes very hard concept… As always Practice is the most important thing we can do… Search for fingerings that work for us and our clarinet… There are many factors to consider when choosing fingerings… Clarinet, Mouthpiece, reed strength, how you play etc. Also, and this is very important our attitude and determinization….
For EXAMPLE: to play the extreme intervals we will likely need to be playing a harder reed strength.. 4, 4.5, 5, 5.5 etc. This will require practicing every day to keep the embouchure necessary to play the extreme higher notes on the clarinet…. It is very difficult and likely not very possible to play a double high C with a #2 reed.
*Also, it is likely we will never need to play from a Low E to a Double High C.. We practice these things to make the smaller intervals seem simple….
*Again, never spend a lot of time playing the extreme range notes at once… we tend to tighten the embouchure to help us pay the extreme register note and that is not good for our overall playing.
There was a great jazz clarinetist named Buddy DeFranco that would start parts of his solos starting on a great sounding Double High C like is was just another note… and I believe it was to him….
* The highest note you can play will not be one of your best notes… for an extremely high note to be great you must be able to play higher than that note…. If you want a good high A .. you must be able to play at least to a high C for that A to be good… for a good high C, you must be able to at least produce a high D…