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Re: Beginner Clarinets/Saxes....HELP!
Are you playing for them? If not, that is your biggest problem. YOU HAVE TO MODEL for the students. You can describe the sound that you want all day. MODEL; if you can't then you shouldn't have taken the job. It is YOUR JOB to teach the kids how to play and HOW TO READ. You need to type of some easy music exercises in finale. Easier than what is one 1 - 10 in the EE book. Make them say the note name. Ask them the note name. Play a game. Write simple lines that only use two notes. Reinforce and reteach.
The clarinets need to blow ACROSS the reed; not through the instrument. Their air needs to point up and away from them. The pitch for MPC and Barrel should be a sharp Concert F#. Fast, cold, spinning air.
Model for the kids. They have to HEAR it.
I am having some trouble adjusting the tones of beginner clarinets. Barrel/mouthpiece sound is good but once full clarinet is assembled and we play an open G, tone is airy, fuzzy, and weak. Hand position is not clicking for some. Any advice? I use the Essential method book. I don't want to move on if the first few notes have a bad tone. I'm a brass player....HELP!
My saxes have improved on their tones. We have learned the first five notes (octave D down to G). Once Essential removes the note names starting around line 12, they are not able to recognize the notes on the staff despite us reviewing note names daily. Any other advice??
Maybe I need to be more patient and know that eventually it will click. But ain't nobody have that time!! We have to move on. LOL. Suggestions appreciated!!