This clarinet course is designed for adult beginners - also those who played many years ago but genuinely feel that they have forgotten everything, so would like to start again from scratch.
You do not need your own instrument – we will provide a clarinet for you to use during the sessions.
Numbers are limited to ensure that participants receive plenty of individual attention.
The course involves four 2-hour Sunday group tuition sessions, from 11am - 1pm on 6, 13, 20 and 27th November, plus a single attendance at any easy-level Blow & Blast ensemble workshop to round off the experience.
The course covers:
- Correct playing position and basic technique
- Tone production
- Elementary theory and musicianship
- Assembly and care of the instrument
- Introduction to playing in a small ensemble
The first hour of each session will overlap with a corresponding flute course, allowing the two groups to work together on theory, music-reading and musicianship. By the end of the course, we hope that the two groups will be able to play as a (very basic) mixed ensemble. This will be a preparation for attending your first real Blow & Blast woodwind workshop.
After a month, most people know whether they want to continue with the clarinet. For those who do, we can advise on hiring/buying an instrument, suitable music etc.
For more information, visit: http://www.blowandblast.co.uk/beginnerstartup.html
Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
I played years ago but feel I’ve forgotten everything. Would the course be appropriate for me?
If you genuinely feel you’d be starting again from scratch, then by all means register for the course. However, if you possess an instrument, remember a little about reading music and can still play a few notes, you might like to consider an easy-level Blow & Blast workshop or Kick Start course instead. Visit www.blowandblast.co.uk for more information.
Would I be able to take the instrument away to practise between sessions?
Probably not – the idea is to keep players at roughly the same standard for the duration of the course.
Does it matter that I don't read music?
The course includes tuition on reading music, so prior knowledge - though helpful - is by no means essential.