May 26, 2024

I got this off the Klarinet List

My new book, The Clarinetists Guide to Learning Klezmer. Is now available from:

International Musical Suppliers Phone: 1-800-762-1116 E-mail: or Tom Puwalski

The Clarinetists Guide to Learning Klezmer is a how to book for Clarinetists want to learn how to perform “traditional” Klezmer. It includes 16 transcriptions of the recordings of Dave Tarras and Naftule Brandwein, and a plethora of all sorts of clarinet information. Feel free to email any questions and Comments I’ve included the Table of Contents…Preface


What is Traditional Klezmer?

Types of Klezmer Music

Let’s Dance 3

And Now For Something Different

Klezmer Ornamentation

I. Just Pulled the Clarinet Out of the Closet After 25 Years and Want to Play
Equipment 12

Technique – How Should I. Practice?

Practice Session A – Get the “Chops” You Need

Practice Session B – Listen to Klezmer Music

How Can I Learn To Play Klezmer Music?

Using This Book and Musical Examples

Thoughts on Putting Together a Band



Books, Other Study Aids and Tools

Sources for Klezmer Music and CDs

The Place I Buy Any Clarinet Related Items

My Equipment Choices



Thanks Tom Puwalski, Clarinetist with Lox & Vodka and former principal
Clarinetist with the United States Army Field Band

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    The King of Klezmer

    written and edited by Yale Strom

    Hailed as “The Benny Goodman of klezmer,” Dave Tarras is considered the most influential klezmer musician of the Twentieth Century. Scion of a musical family in Ternovke, Ukraine, Tarras played at weddings for Jews and non-Jews − even playing in the Czarist army − up to World War One. He immigrated to America and after a brief stint as a furrier, began to make a living with his clarinet. From 1925 until his death in 1989, Dave Tarras set the standard for klezmer musicianship and virtuosity. Even the great be-bop artists Charlie Parker and Miles Davis traveled to the Catskills to study the technique of this complex and compelling virtuoso.

    Author Yale Strom spent months interviewing the people who knew Tarras best: his musical collaborators and family members. The first biography authorized by the Tarras family, this book includes newly discovered personal and historical facts about Dave Tarras and the world in which he lived and played, and priceless photographs from the family archives.

    Twenty-eight of Tarras’ melodies as written by Tarras and discovered in his manuscripts are presented in arrangements for C and B-Flat instruments. An essential book for anyone interested in klezmer or Jewish cultural history.

    Yale Strom is an internationally recognized authority on klezmer. Through more than 25 years and 75 research expeditions, Strom has become one of the world’s leading ethnographer artists of klezmer culture. His books include The Absolutely Complete Klezmer Songbook (Transcontinental), The Book of Klezmer: The History, The Music, The Folklore – From the 14th Century to the 21st (A Cappella Books), and the children’s book The Wedding That Saved a Town (Kar-Ben Publishers). With his band Hot Pstromi he has released 13 globally acclaimed recordings. Currently, Strom is artist-in-residence in the Jewish Studies Program at San Diego State University.

    OR-TAV Music Publications is Israel’s leading independent publisher of music and books on music.

    Dave Tarras – The King of Klezmer may be ordered directly from the publisher (contact information above), or from our international distributors:

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