Clarke Characteristic Studies

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  1. loweredsixth

    loweredsixth Pianissimo User

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    Mr. Laureano (or anyone else that can help),

    I'm working on the Clarke Characteristic Study #1 (C Major), and I have a question.

    Is it considered "okay" to stop and take a breath for a beat (momentarily pausing the etude) at some of the breath marks? I've never heard anyone perform these things, and this one is especially jam-packed with notes all the way through.

    What do you think?

    Thanks

    Joe Lewis
     
  2. Manny Laureano

    Manny Laureano Utimate User

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    Of course. The study is for you to use as you see fit. Don't ignore a potential challenge but always be realistic. Your sound should always be true not suffering from lack of air.

    ML
     
  3. bflatmus

    bflatmus New Friend

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    Absolutely......do not think of this music as a march!! Many of the studies contain beautiful melodies, and as such require "expressive" performance.
    As a matter of fact, I have recorded all twenty four studies.

    You may listen to Clarke Char. #1 at my website:
    http://www.bflatmusic.com/clarkech.htm

    Thanks for visiting!
    Clyde E. Hunt
     
  4. edfitzvb

    edfitzvb Forte User

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    Search youtube. I don't remember who, but there is an excellent rendition done at a tempo where I don't remember any breaths that weren't marked. I am also working on that one. I am where you are. I need to take longer pauses and I am taking additional breaths because I am still laboring through all the notes. Once I get everything firmly under my fingers where I don't have to think any more, I am hoping to approach his level of mastery.
     
  5. TrumpetMD

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