The following contains an outline and template for preparing the Texas All-State audition music. Most of these concepts are useful for all musicians not just clarinetists. This document is also available in printer-friendly PDF format here.
NOTE: These are lecture notes for my All-State Clarinet Clinic. Please feel free to print, copy, and distribute.
Texas All-State Clarinet Music:
An Outline Guide & Template
1. Get quality equipment. My set up: Buffet R13, M13 Lyre, Vandoren V12 3.5+/4, BG Super Revelation, metronome/tuner, silk swab, Micro cork grease, reed glass, BG Pad Dryer, etc.
2. Find a good private teacher. [Don’t just copy a recording. Learn to count!]
1. Genuine Excellence = Talent × Practice Time × Practice Quality.
2. Power of Habit. Work on Basics (ARTC) & Scales, along with the All-State Music in a Practice Routine.
3. Slow, Careful Practice = Speedy, Confident Performance. The Tortoise and the Hare – Be a Turtle! Loading & Unloading, etc. – See Frank R. Wilson.
4. Focus on what you control: Preparation & Effort. Success, John Wooden, etc.
5. It’s Always about the MUSIC. Musical Style and Phrasing, esp. Romantic style.
General Prep Tips
1. Practice on and perform with good reeds.
2. Use a metronome and tuner.
3. Record yourself – check out phone apps!
4. Sound Projection & Dynamics.
5. Plan and mark breathing carefully.
6. Understand music terms, notation, ornaments, etc.
7. Create a cheat sheet. Write each etude’s scales and arpeggios in the upper corner.
8. Clap and sing the music.
9. Check out additional Practice Tips.
Etude Prep Template (Break down etudes as per below.)
1. Overview on composer and musical style.
2. Key(s) and Tempo(s).
3. Scale and Arpeggio Cheat Sheet.
4. Technical Issues (articulation, rhythms, fingerings, etc.).
5. Problem Passages.
6. Sections, Phrases, and Musical Issues.
7. Breath Marks.
8. Other details.