“How do you control the notes on the clarinet”?

I finally had the chance to listen to your recording
of Gardens:Royal Garden and one question linger in my
head. How do you play all your notes with such beauty?
I understand practice always help but the way you play
all your notes as elegant as your high notes or should
I say vice-versa in my case when it comes to me
playing. Please tell me how you practice your control
of your notes no matter how fast or what pitch you are
playing. Your newest fan Chad from
Blanche Ely Symphony Band 1st Clarinet(Even
though it is nothing to brag about after hearing you play)

Chad, first and foremost, thank you for your note about my notes.
I was most happy to receive it.
It is not an easy one to answer but I shall endeavor to try.
It has a lot to do with the respect for real legato, and playing notes evenly on the instrument.
And this includes attacks in faster passages.
I would say that really slow practise is one of the most important things that you can do.

Choose and play the most beautiful note that you know on the clarinet and then very slowly ascend and descend from that beautiful note and match the next note with that same beauty. That will be very difficult and time consuming but it is very good for the ear and for your ability to criticize yourself, the most important thing about making beauty on the execution of passages in any piece.
The matching of tones is important and the matching of attacks is also important.
The minutiae of the above will take a very long time, however you should read all of the many articles I have written on the subject. It will be worth the effort. I hope I have been of some help to you and will answer any further questions you may have.
sincerely, sf


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