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: www.IntlMusicalSuppliers.com or Tom Puwalski -Tski1128@aol.com
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
I. Just Pulled the Clarinet Out of the Closet After 25 Years and Want to Play
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
I have to rave about Jim Snidero‘s great series of books, Jazz Conception. He has them out for Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Flute, Clarinet, Guitar, Trumpet and probably more. The book comes with a CD of the music being performed by a great artist on whatever instrument. On the Alto version it’s Jim Snidero himself (and he sounds GREAT), on the Tenor CD it’s Walt Weiskopf, on the Flute CD it’s Frank Weis, on the Clarinet CD it’s Ken Peplowski.
The books feature the same 21 etudes. They’ve been transposed for instruments other than Alto Saxophone. The Etudes are based on well known chord changes, like #12 IND Line is based on A-Train changes, and #13 Father Song is based on the changes to Song for my Father. The etudes introduce all the standard articulations and stylistic things one would need to know to play jazz. The first etude, Groove Blues, has scoopes and falls. The next etude introduces ghosting of notes.
My only gripe, and it’s a small one, is that there is not a separate CD for backgrounds. True, you can turn the pan over to right and you’d get just the rhythm section, by why not just include a separate CD with the backgrounds by themselves? Since I insist on students interested in jazz to get this book, I made a separate CD that has just the backgrounds so the kids can play without the soloist. You’d be surprised how many boomboxes have no left/right panning.
In all, Jim Snidero’s Jazz Conception series is great. I have 4th and 5th graders able to play Groove Blues, and A-Doll. Some can play some of the others as well. I hope Jim Snidero will add to this series of books.