52 Melodic Etudes for Clarinet Book 3 (Etudes 37-52)
Practicing etudes (studies) is one of the most important components of building not only a fine technique on the clarinet, but it also develops the player’s ability to understand and interpret various styles of music. The problem I have found is that the majority of the etudes books presently available for clarinet are classically oriented and as such do not present or develop the player’s ability to play in a multitude of various styles that require a command of tonal and stylistic nuances necessary to play more than just classically oriented repertoire. And that’s primarily why I decided to write this series of books. The etudes within this and the other books in this series, present music for many different eras and styles of music that have become popular and well established as part of the 20th and 21st century’s musical fabric. Some of the styles to be found in this series include but are not limited to: Classical, Swing, Ragtime, Blues, Rock, Funk, Latin, Tango, Hip Hop, Be Bop, light Pop, Easy listening, Adult contemporary and even an action packed “sound track” for the final all inclusive, ultimate workout in Book 3 of this series.
This product also includes a zip file containing mp3 tracks on which I perform each of the etudes so that the player can gain a better understanding of what I had in mind for each of the etudes and stylistic and tonal elements necessary for their proper performance. (Andy Firth May 2019)
Book 3 of this series introduces the types of rhythmic, tonal, technical and stylistic challenges that an advanced level clarinet player might encounter. Book 3 presents pieces that feature more challenging key tonalities, (E-B-Gb-Db majors-F, Bb and Eb Ab minors etc) and that are longer and more comprehensive than those found in the first two books of this series. The final piece in this book, (“Escape From the Mountains of Fire”) is an adventure packed “sound track” type work that explores and challenges the player to perform at the highest levels of clarinet playing technique. It requires the player to have at their command not only an advanced level of technical and tonal skills but also well developed musical interpretation skills. The ability to perform the final work in this series will signal to the player that they are now approaching a professional level of clarinet playing and as such, they should now seek other music to further these skills. As such, a list of recommended works that will help to accomplish this appears on the final page of book 3.
Book 3 Contents: (19 Etudes in various styles)
Etude 38:This & That. Etude 39: Check it Out! Etude 40: Poco Allegro. Etude 41: Get on Down! Etude 42: Allegro Vertigo. Etude 43: Daybreak. Etude 44: Shifting Major Scales. Etude 45: Shifting Minor Scales. Etude 46: Baching Mad. Etude 47: Mexicali Nights. Etude 48: Here & There. Etude 49: Swingin’ in Moscow. Etude 50: Rock Toccata. Etude 51: Chromatic Descent. Etude 52: Escape from the Mountains of Fire.