Category Archives: Sheet Music

Carol Of The Bells

Arrangement I did for Clarinet Quartet. Enjoy!

  Carol Of The Bells by Pentatonix for Clarinet Quartet (324.9 KiB, 143 hits)
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Olympic Themes by John Williams

John Williams is arguably one of the greatest composers. He has penned FOUR olympic themes, and you hear them all the time on the Olympic coverage. Enjoy!

1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles

  Olympic Fanfare and Theme by John Williams (98.6 KiB, 84 hits)
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1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul Korea

  The Olympic Spirit by John Williams (79.9 KiB, 38 hits)
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1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta

  Summon The Heroes by John Williams (86.3 KiB, 33 hits)
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  Summon The Heroes by John Williams (85.6 KiB, 21 hits)
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2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City

  Call Of The Champions by John Williams (100.2 KiB, 42 hits)
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Angry Birds Theme Song

Enjoy!

  Angry Birds Theme Song (lower clarinet) (56.7 KiB, 168 hits)
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  Angry Birds Theme Song (higher clarinet) (51.6 KiB, 211 hits)
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Eddie Daniels’s Solo on “Air Mail Special”

One of the most appreciated clarinettists in the world performs one of Benny Goodman’s favourites. The track is in fact taken from the album “Benny Rides Again”  in collaboration with Gary Burton as a keen homage to Benny Goodman and Lionel Hampton.

This solo for advanced players and you’ll find below a brief analysis:

  • The key in which the composition is performed is different from the one you may find in some Real Books: it’s in “D” in spite of “C”.
  • Note how the use of the “glissato” is definitely almost absent (compared to swing clarinettist of the past) and replaced, in some cases, by the chromatic scale.
  • For most of its extension the solo stays within an octave and a half hardly going under the “B” on the third line. This is one of the main issues encountered on clarinet solos on up-tempos or in situations where the instrument is somehow “weakened” or out-powered the other players (e.g. in big bands). Therefore the chance to explore and value the dark sounds is limited forcing the player to a brighter and louder part of the clarinet which may turn up to be, in the long run, counterproductive.
  • The chord sequence of this track is a kind of “rhythm change” in the “A Section” where “D” is mainly meant as “D7”, and then the original chords are played on the “B Section”.
  • Daniels’ approach to the solo is mainly diatonic except for the “B section” of the first chorus where he uses chromatic passages and for bars 10-13 where the chords |D7  Ebmaj | G7 | Cmin7 Gmaj7 | D D7 | are superimposed by the melodist.  
  • Note how he begins and ends the solo using the pentatonic scale on the main key.
  • Note how he plays the “F” mixolydian scale at the end of the first eight bars which ends up on the flat 9th of the chord in bar n.10 (D7).
  • Note how he “sticks” by the diminished arpeggio in bars 17-20.
  • Note how he emphasizes the minor third (blue note) during the last eight bars of the first chorus.
  • Bars 33-36 may be meant as | D | Cmin7 | E7 A7|.
  • He emphasizes even more the Blues Scale in bars 46-49.
  • Again extremely stuck on the diminished arpeggio in bars 50-52.
  • Note how he emphasizes the major seventh on the dim7 chords in bars 53-58.

NB: The score is for “Bb” instruments.

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“At the Woodchopper’s ball” (solo by Woody Herman)

This solo is based on a Blues (in “D”), a basic form very important for the musical development of any jazz musician and, moreover, is for intermediate players thus approachable by the majority of those interested.

Some considerations about this solo are listed below:

  • Note how each chorus begins with a melodic line that lasts four bars and it’s repeated the next four bars. This is a typical approach to the blues. Some would play the same line for the whole extension of the chorus (generally twelve bars).
     
  • The way he approaches the second chorus resembles a lot the style of the saxophonist Johnny Hodges.
     
  • The “glissato” as a main clarinet feature (thanks to its acoustic characteristics) and a technique sometimes overused by a whole generation of clarinettists of the past or with styles influenced by Dixieland, New Orleans, 40s swing, etc. Lots of “contemporary” clarinet-players tend to avoid this overuse trying to have a wiser use of it.
     
  • Besides a minimum use of ghost-notes, there is a very little use of certain kind of dissonances indeed (altered fifth or ninth, etc.) except for some chromatic passages at the end of the solo or for the 5th and 6th bar of the second chorus where we encounter a sharp-fourth caused by the repetition of a pattern which comes form the beginning of the chorus and is set in “D” major.
     
  • Note the complete absence of the so-called Blues Scale. We encounter a minor third (blue note) at the end of the solo caused by a small pattern where there is the repetition of an ascending half-tone.

NB: The score is meant to be for “Bb” instruments

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Zinn Regimen for Clarinet?

I wrote a comment on the ii-V-I progression post, but perhaps it is more appropriate for discussion on a main post. I was on the Jazz-Sax sight and found the Zinn Practice Regimen. I had it before, and just got the latest update (which looks awesome!). I have a clarinet I just got and a piccolo too. I found the flute regimen, but also listed was a clarinet one, though I cannot find it for the life of me. Anyone know of it/where to get it? It is simple enough I suppose to write one out myself, though it would take me 3 years to do with my schedule! I know that I can figure it out and not need to look at every note, but I like something tangible to work from. Thank you for any and all help!

II-V-I Patterns For Clarinet

I finally got around to tweaking my huge collection of II-V-I patterns for clarinet. Enjoy.

  II-V-I Patterns for Bb Clarinet (4.8 MiB, 972 hits)
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  II-V-I Patterns for Bb Clarinet Pages 1 to 100 (1.7 MiB, 1,705 hits)
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  II-V-I Patterns for Bb Clarinet Pages 101 to 200 (1.8 MiB, 737 hits)
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  II-V-I Patterns for Bb Clarinet Pages 201 to 286 (1.4 MiB, 750 hits)
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Eddie Daniels Transcribed Solos

Mike Braverman was kind enough to contribute 4 Eddie Daniels Solos to Jazz-Clarinet. Thanks Mike! Great work!

  •   Shine - Eddie Daniels Solo (66.7 KiB, 1,205 hits)
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  •   As Long As I Live - Eddie Daniels Solo (46.9 KiB, 944 hits)
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  •   Let's Dance - Eddie Daniels Solo (40.9 KiB, 1,059 hits)
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  •   F Blues - Eddie Daniels Solo (32.5 KiB, 1,341 hits)
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Around The Horn Backgrounds

I just got done making some backgrounds for use with the etudes in Walt Weiskopf’s book Around the Horn.

The backgrounds were generated with Band in a Box 10 and tweaked with Digital Performer 3, and recorded using my Alesis NanoPiano and Roland Sound Canvas.Bb Backgrounds

The number after the name is the metronome marking the song was recorded at.

Update: I removed the original links from 2001 a long time ago. I have now just put up the Band in a Box files for people interested in them. Enjoy!

  Around The Horn Band in a Box Files (13.6 KiB, 47 hits)
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