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My First Clarke

An Introduction to H.L. Clarke's Technical Studies for the Cornet

By Herbert Clarke

Chamber Trumpet
An Introduction to H.L. Clarke's Technical Studies for the Cornet. Composed by Herbert Clarke. Edited by Sean O'Loughlin. SWS. My First Series. Softcover. With Standard notation. 32 pages. Carl Fischer Music #WF92. Published by Carl Fischer Music (CF.WF92).

Item Number: CF.WF92

ISBN 9780825882128. 9 x 12 inches.

Developing students are presented with the essential elements of H. L. Clarke's Techincal Studies for the Cornet in this clear and easy-tofollow introductory book. Editor Sean O'Loughlin has maintained the original musical and technical intent, but carefully adapted the materials for the young player. In particular, My First Clarke is organized by key signature rather than by the technical exercise. This approach better integrates the techniques of Clarke's studies by paralleling the usual progression of learning of the instrument. This is an excellent method to use with or without a teacher and is the logical next step after a beginning method. My First Clarke, along with the Technical Studies of the Cornet , now present a logical progression of trumpet study for young players all the way through to professional artistry.
The method books of Herbert L. Clarke are part of the standard literature for the developing trumpet player. Written originally for the cornet, these studies have transitioned seamlessly to the modern trumpet. My First Clarke draws mostly from the Technical Studies book, with additional etudes and studies adapted from the Characteristic Studies. These exercises are carefully structured to build up strength and endurance without strain or injury to the embouchure. Clarke was a proponent of the lyrical side of the instrument. Playing these exercises softly were a cornerstone of his own development as a player. In beginning your journey with My First Clarke, remember some of his own words; "Always try to produce a musical tone from the very start.".

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  • 5

    Difficulty Level:
    Early intermediate
  • July 17, 2011 Clarke, first time around

    This book is a little gem: the irony is that Clarke's method has always been a mainstay for jazz and classical trained students! The adaptability of the famous study #2 into minor for beginners acts as a springboard into blues scales for improvising skills; the final pages in numerous...

    keys keeps my students busy and acts as a bridging method before embarking on their chosen stylistic path. For the beginner and early intermediate student.

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