Friday, April 30, 2010
Have you ever looked in your closet and thought, if only I had more clarinet-related apparel? If so, Clarinet-Now.com is here to help, with a selection of items including a Richard Mühlfeld/Brahms T-shirt and clarinet high-top shoes available through the Clarinet-Now Zazzle Store. For even more clarinet-related gifts, check out this page. Normally we try to keep commercialism to a minimum here on Clarinet Cache, but we couldn't help but tell you about this site, because it offers much more than just these products.
Clarinet-Now.com was created by Christopher Jones, a clarinetist in the Greater Hudson Valley area of New York State and student of Kalmen Opperman. The site has many inspirational strategies and tips for sight-reading, scales, crossing the break, and more, with great photos of correct and incorrect embouchure and hand position. The numerous ads are somewhat distracting, but the content of the site is useful, especially for beginners (and their parents), and teachers looking for a new way to explain specific aspects of clarinet technique. Keep up with the latest on the Clarinet-Now blog.
Monday, April 26, 2010
Adding to our list of websites for free sheet music, the Sibley Music Library of the Eastman School of Music has amassed an extensive collection of digitized works, many by composers from the 19th to the early 20th century. With over 183 PDF files of chamber music and solo repertoire for clarinet, this collection of works covers lesser-known compositions as well as a handful of pieces by mainstream composers (Weber, Mozart, Brahms). A number of pages containing exercises and duets from Lazarus's New and Modern Method Book, along with several dissertations and theses from the 1940's-1970's are worth taking a look at. All of the music listed on the website is in the public domain and a user account is not necessary to download the music--you many need to stock up on printer ink though.