[IMPORTANT UPDATE: Please check out my NEW All-State Preparation Kit. The kit features all the information below plus lots more help on the all-state music!]
[Note: This is a slightly revised version of my blog post from October 12, 2012.]
A few days ago the official audition music for the Texas 2013-2014 All-State Band Auditions was posted at TMEA.org – the music is available in my recent blog post, available HERE.
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 basic 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!]
[2013 Updates: Lately, I’m also playing on Rico Reserve Classic Reeds, 3.5+. I also highly recommend the Rico Reserve mouthpieces, XO (close facing).]
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.
1. See Internet links above.
2. Listen to style on youtube.com.
3. Check out documents, videos, etc. on www.clarinetmike.com.
4. Check out previous ClarinetMike Blog Posts, especially “Betty” and Rhy-No Practice.
5. See TMEA Performance Guides for Soprano and Low Clarinets.