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Wednesday, February 4th, 2009
3:04 pm
Name:  Kelly [Nuit Songeur (Internet Alias)]

Age: 16

Instruments you play in general: Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Contra Bass, Piano

Current Clarinet: Bass Clarinet

Are you in any Ensembles: Yes

If so, what: Concert Band and Marching Band (not really a fan of jazz)

Years Played: Well, I've actually played clarinet for the past four years and then last year asked my band director if I could march bass.  Luckily, he said I could and ever since, I've loved bass! (More than clarinet)
And, I've taught myself how to play piano in sixth grade.

Favorite Scale: Ack! Hardest question ever.  I'd say... Eb probably for Bass and on clarinet- Db
(Not Concert Pitches)

Current Mood: creative
Thursday, June 19th, 2008
4:24 pm
Name: Kaitlin
Age: 13
Instruments played: bass clarinet, flute, clarinet, contra alto clarinet, tenor sax, piano, cello, violin, alto sax, baritone
Current Clarinet: Yamaha Bass Clarinet YCL-220
In any Ensembles: Yes
If so what: Concert Band and Jazz Band
Years Played: 4 years on bass clarinet
Favorite Scale: G major(I made Capitol Section on it)

Current Mood: artistic
Monday, November 5th, 2007
10:22 pm
Lookie here
Name: Lauren
instruments you play in general: Bass Clarinet,clarinet, piano
Current Clarinet: Bass Clarient student model
Are you in any Ensembles: Yes
If so, what: Bass Clarinet and clarinet (because the conductor forced the rest of them away)
Years Played: 7 on bass, six months on clari
Favorite Scale: F, strait up and down
Wednesday, August 8th, 2007
5:14 pm
Oh My..a new member!
Name: Sam
Age: 16
Instruments you play in general: Soprano clarinet, bass clarinet, guitar, flute, alto saxophone, soprano saxophone
Current Clarinet: Bass clarinet: Selmer USA 1430
Are you in any Ensembles: Yes
If so, what: Marching band *yes, marching bass clarinets...it's amazing* Concert band, woodwind choir
Years Played: 5 years on bass, while still playing the occasional soprano parts.
Favorite Scale: Db major, for the win

My marching band has a bass clarinet section of six in a band of about 120. The sound we can make is quite impressive, for example our director often gives the other low sections a hard time for being out-blown by the bass clarinets. But what can I say?, Bass clarinet is the best.

Current Mood: amused
Wednesday, May 24th, 2006
6:24 am
Music tour dilemma...
OK everyone, have decided *gasps* to post!

Dun dun dun!!!!!

Anyway, I am going on a music tour with my school at the end of the year to China and was curious as to a couple of things.
1. Because of the size of the thing, my school offered to rent an instrument over there for me to play, and my instinct is to decline, because I've had my current instrument for 9 years and it's really good in the lower register where I'll mostly be playing (and I played the school Jupiter recently and it was HORRIBLE in the lower register, kept cracking and was really soft and everything) and I know all its little quirks and things. However, I am a bit worried about it getting damaged/lost in China, which would NOT be good. I mean, my parents would pay for insurance, but still...my instrument is my baby. Should I take my school up on this offer or not?
2. What are Chinese musicians/conductors like? Do they mostly speak English?
3. For that matter, what are music tours like? I've never been on one!
4. Are airlines generally good and careful wih instruments or should I pack extra padding in there or something? My bass is very hardy (as most are) but I don't think it'd like having a really heavy suitcase dropped on it or falling out of the hold of the plane or anything too much...

Any help or answers much appreciated!

Liv xxx
(x-posted like WHOAH)

Current Mood: cheerful
Wednesday, May 17th, 2006
7:28 pm
Not trying to "take over" this community... but why is it that hardly anyone ever posts? I mean seriously...

How was this year's season?

Does your bass ever screw up in weird ways? I.E. some of the keys pop off randomnly. This happened to me and it stinks. :(
Thursday, April 27th, 2006
7:14 pm
Name: Susan
Age: 15
instruments you play in general: Clarinet, Bass clarinet, Eb clarinet, Alto clarinet, learning sax and flute
Current Clarinet: Both my Bb and my Bass are plastic student models. Wooden ones come at graduation.
Are you in any Ensembles: Yep.
If so, what: I'm first clarinet in the freshman concert band, and I'll be playing Bass in wind ensemble next school year. I'm in the pit orchestra for the inter-school musical (Cabaret) playing Bb ans Bass.
Years Played: 5 years on clarinet, 3 years on bass
Favorite Scale: Chromatic =P

Current Mood: cheerful
Friday, January 27th, 2006
2:11 pm
Hello everybody!!
Name: Olivia Hopkins
Age: 16
Instruments you play in general: Bass Clarinet, Bb Clarinet, Contralto vocals, Piano, Soprano Saxophone, Treble Recorder, Descant Recorder, Viola
Current Clarinet: Mainly bass but occasionally Bb.
Are you in any Ensembles: My school's Symphonic Wind Ensemble and hopefully this year my school's Orchestra.
Years Played: 1998 - present.
Favorite Scale: D major.
Wednesday, December 7th, 2005
9:31 pm
Name: Tom
Age: 16
instruments you play in general: Bb Soprano, Bb Bass Clarinet, Eb Contra Alto Clarinet
Current Clarinet: King Bass Clarinet, Selmer Contra Alto
Are you in any Ensembles: yes
If so, what: Symphonic/pep/marching at the high school, and the Community Town Band
Years Played: 7
Favorite Scale: F without a doubt
Sunday, October 16th, 2005
3:34 pm
I finally found other people that love basses!
instruments you play in general:Bass Clarinet(woot!), alto sax, and b-flat clarinet.
Current Clarinet: My brand new $6,000 Selmer bass clarinet that my band director finally gave in and bought for me to use. I really beleive the one I used to use was from the middle ages.
Are you in any Ensembles:yes
If so, what:Wind Ensemble, Full Orchestra, and marching band. I am the only bass clarinet at my school.(i'm so alone..)
Years Played: 7 years
Favorite Scale: other than c? f sharp! haha, just kidding...

Current Mood: happy
Thursday, October 13th, 2005
7:18 pm
hey all you bass clarinet players out there. i just wanted to know how many of you actually get to march your bass clarinets for field shows/ parades or anything. i've been bugging my band director since last year to let me play my bass clarinet for marching season...and so far it's a no-go. =\ haha

oh yah, and i also wanted to ask if there are any bass clarinets that play in your jazz bands. this is another plight i'm on for the year, seeing as jazz band sign-ups are going on now. he says it's more difficult to find bass clarinet parts for the music they play. at least that's the reason he's given me for not letting me join in the past. i don't really know. for the bass' that are in jazz band, do you know of any issues with getting music?

x-posted <3

Current Mood: dancy
Wednesday, October 5th, 2005
6:30 am
Name: Mikki Amboree (really!)
Instruments you play in general: Bb clarinet, Bb bass clarinet, some GP (general percussion)
Current Clarinet: School piece of junk- Yamaha; Bb clairnet is an Evette
Are you in any Ensembles: yes
If so, what: CHS Syrupmaker Band
Years Played: 5
Favorite Scale: Chromatic- Fun, fun, fun!! :D

I started band later than everyone else. A lot of people said I couldn't do it and that I would be too far behind to be any good. I proved them wrong. I made district honor band my first year on the wonderful bass clarinet. ;)
Oh yes, I'm in the love with the bass clarinet! I wish I had one of my own, but they're so expensive, and I have no way of buying one for my own. So, I must continue hording... I mean... using the school one. I'm going out for All-State in the state of Georgia. Wish me luck! I need it... my sightreading sucks... big time... *sigh*

Current Mood: calm
Sunday, September 25th, 2005
5:42 pm
Name: Tim
Age: 22
instruments you play in general: Clarinet
Current Clarinet: Leblanc Concertos, Bb & A
Are you in any Ensembles: Heaps
If so, what: Currently principal of my youth orchestra, principal of my uni orchestra and doing the Brahms trio at the moment in a pro ensemble
Years Played: 10
Favorite Scale: C. That's a no-brainer. Whole-tone is cool too.

Hey all, just joined.
I've been pondering buying a bass cl lately. I recently received a large sum of money, and at first I was thinking of getting a new pair of clarints, Buffets, but I haven't found any that I'd switch from my Leblancs for. And so I thought a bass cl might "advance my career" lol. I'd get a Buffet Prestige obviously. But what I'm worried about is getting pegged as a bass player. At the moment I'm 1st in every ensemble I'm in, and I'm also worried that all the bass players I know will constantly borrow it. And I can't say no.
What do you all think?
Thursday, August 25th, 2005
11:51 am
Thanks guys.My Bass Clarinet is now functioning properly.

Current Mood: grateful
Monday, August 22nd, 2005
9:14 pm
Heyy guys.Look my low F-key isnt going down enough when i press on it so i cant manage to get my f or high c out.Any ideas for home repair?

Current Mood: good
Wednesday, August 17th, 2005
8:52 pm
Moderator calling
Open membership to those who play any type of clarinet, bass, e-flat,b-flat, etc.

The purpose of this group is for one person to have a question or problem regarding either their actual instrument or the music you have to play with it.

Anyone may post in this journal to post events of recent occurences in your band/group.
Tuesday, May 17th, 2005
3:05 am
Name: Jess
Age: 18
instruments you play in general: Clarinet, xylophone
Current Clarinet: None at the moment.
Are you in any Ensembles: in high school I was.
If so, what: Jazz ensemble.
Years Played: Oh god...9.
Favorite Scale: hmm. C natural.

I'm the only girl who dared to play bass clarinet all 7 years it's been offered to me. I think everyone else was afraid of it.
Sunday, May 8th, 2005
10:00 am
In Response
In Response to the speech post.I think it depends on the audience.If it is people in an ensemble, jazz band, etc,you should make a speech about the clarinets describing each clarinet in chromatic order.First talk about the contrabass clarinet and work your way up to the more higher pitched clarinets.But if the audiience are people taht dont paly in various music groups, you should start with the more common types of clarinet.Start with the B-flat and then go to the more lesser known members of the clarinet family.

Current Mood: sleepy
Saturday, May 7th, 2005
12:24 am
Hey I'm in Speech class over here in Massachusetts, and I just did a speech on the clarinets, it was really easy because I know the basics already, and I was thinking about the speech, and I was wondering, in what order does everyone put their clarinet in?
Wednesday, May 4th, 2005
9:19 pm
My Name is Rachel Hernandez, I am the founder, moderator whatever of this chocolate geek fondue,yay!!!
It is an open membership, this is basically a community for bass clarinetists to get helpful hints or tips from each other on whatever they need to know. I live in Jersey (unfortunately), i'm 16, and Bass Clarinet is the shiz.
Can't post much now, projects to do sorry, more later. muah


Current Mood: eck, school tomorrow
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