Getting an all wood, Low C bass clarinet has been on my list for a while. A long while. But when is a normal musician going to be able to afford the $8K or more that one is going to cost?
Last month I scored a sweet answer to this question. It came from eBay. It is an Amati Bass Clarinet. Made in the Czech Republic, quite honestly I was taking a huge risk plunking out $2500 for this. But since a cheap plastic clarinet was in that price range, I figured it should play as well as those right? Plus The Woodwind and the Brasswind sell it for over $6,000.
Done. Bought. Shipped. Came in a Selmer Bass Clarinet case. Put it together, slapped my Bass Clarinet mouthpiece on it (Vandoren B44 I think)…….and…….WOW. The thing played great. Really great. Much like a Buffet Bass I was able to borrow for a show last year.
So…..if you are in the market for a bass, keep an eye out for one of these. They play great!
It doesn’t look like anything at first. But as the arm of the printer slides back and forth, a violin slowly takes shape. It has all the elegance of that delicate instrument but has a thoroughly modern look. The violin is electric. It is perfectly clear. And its body was created entirely inside of a 3-D printer.
Last summer, I 3D printed a mouthpiece on my school’s 3D printer. It plays HORRIBLE.
This is freaking amazing. Check out the PDF for the complete details of how they did it.
Found this via CreateDigitalMusic.com:
From an article in the Huffington Post:
A case study presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology shows that it’s possible to develop allergic pulmonary disease, known as “Saxophone Lung,” in response to the mold that collects over time in woodwind instruments. Saxophone Lung is really a type of hypersensitivity pneumonitis, which is the inflammation of the lung tissue, according to the Mayo Clinic.
So, clean your horns out every now and then guys!
We’ve started a tune of the week club. We look at a different jazz song each week and share recordings.
Check it out:
The ZOEN Blog has a great article up on using resonance fingerings for clarinet.
One of the most problematic aspects of clarinet playing is achieving an even, fluid timbre across the instrument’s range, through all dynamics and articulations. Barring extreme altissimo, the most unforgiving notes on the instrument are the throat tones – F, F#, G, Ab, A, and Bb. They tend to be weak, stuffy, out of tune, hard to project, and unpredictable from player to player.
I ALWAYS play my throat tone Bb with the “resonance fingering.” It’s something I think I started doing in college while using a “crappy” Buffet clarinet they had (by “crappy” I mean it played the throat tones out of tune and stuffy).
I just posted this on my website.
This jazz clarinet lesson comprises some of my favorite licks from Eddie Daniels, Artie Shaw, and Benny Goodman as well as some random ones.
Another Jazz Legend has left the house.
Dave Brubeck, jazz legend, dies at 91 – latimes.com:
Dave Brubeck, the jazz pianist, composer and bandleader behind the legendary Dave Brubeck Quartet, has died at age 91.
Came across this. There are several streaming radio stations that do jazz. Good stuff. Click the source link for more stations.
Classic Jazz Music Stations – USA:
Here are around 30 of the best full time “Classic Jazz” radio stations in the USA. They are broadcasting “live” from various locales across the country. All these stations have been very carefully selected based the on quantity and quality of the jazz they play. Just click on the station’s name and it you will go directly to the music. Enjoy…
(Via Jazz Radio Online)