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Clarinet 101

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  • Improve embouchure and voicing, tonguing, and discussion of hand position and posture. Clarinetists need to approach the technical demands of playing their instrument with practice routines specifically targeted to improve tone, technical dexterity, and articulation. The adage "technique is freedom" is important for all musicians as they build their skills to enable themselves to perform in whatever way necessary to make good music.
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  • CHRISTOPHER AYER, a native of Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, is currently associate professor of music at Stephen F. Austin State University, where he coordinates undergraduate and graduate clarinet study, and performs with the Stone Fort Wind Quintet. Dr. Ayer holds clarinet performance degrees from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and the New England Conservatory. He has studied with Thomas Martin, associate principal clarinetist with the Boston Symphony, and Ronald de Kant, former Principal Clarinetist of the Vancouver Symphony. Prior to his appointment at SFASU, Dr. Ayer was the clarinet professor and orchestra conductor at Eastern New Mexico University. Dr. Ayer is active as a recitalist, often performing with his wife, pianist Kae Hosoda-Ayer in the US and Canada and Japan as Duo Karudan.
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