I’ve been trying for the past few days to gliss from G to C above the staff.From what I’ve learned so far, in order to gliss, I should first practice dropping the pitch of one note using only my mouth. I can only drop the pitch about 1.5 half steps. So I’ve done that, but I haven’t been ble to figure out what exactly it is that I should do after that. Apparently, If I ‘slide’ my fingers off the holes and bend my pitch up at the same time, I should get a clean sliding effect. But I’m confused about certain things, such as ‘which fingers do I slide off first’ and ‘do I bend the pitch of the first note, then drop my embouchure again for the second note, etc. ?’ and all the details that I believe will help me a great deal.
Can you provide the steps (in detail) about how to gliss/lip slur on a clarinet?
Frst you are asking two different things: one, a gliss from g to c above the staff, and next how to do a lip-slur or a glissando on the clarinet.
NO, whomever told you to first drop the pitch is incorrect
The answer to the first as I see and hear it, and do it, is to first
practice a chromatic scale between those two notes until you can do it very rapidly, and than quite simply, do the same thing with the idea of the glissando, always working from the sound first, not the mechanics, the mechanics of relaxing the embouchure, something relatively simple to do once the basic chromatic scale is achieved.
This glissando, being a very short space is easy to do and since it remains within the same part of the clarinet can be done almost immediately, keeping the technical aspect as your first duty.
To do a longer, or the longest glissando written for the clarinet, Rhapsody in Blue, the very best thing to do is to get several different recordings and listen very carefully with the idea in your ear that it is you who is playing.
From there it is a step or two to doing the glissando and a teacher who has played it will be the biggest help to you.Without hearing you or your level of playing, it is almost impossible to
give it to you step-by-step.
I have had many beginning clarinet-hopefuls who wish to play the Gershwin first before almost taking the clarinet out of the case , and that, is
best of good luck, and practicing the instrument without the glissando is the best thing you can do.
DO YOU HAVE A PRIVATE TEACHER?
If not, get one before you do any glissandi.