ADVANCED CLARINET STUDIES:  The Art of Chunking

by Patricia George, Phyllis Avidan Louke, and Rob Patterson
(pub. Theodore Presser Company)

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ADVANCED CLARINET STUDIES: THE ART OF CHUNKING presents the first and only method for clarinetists to master the process of “chunking” as a practice technique. Through exploration of technical studies, etudes, preludes, cadenzas, and orchestral excerpts, the clarinetist is introduced to basic and advanced chunking techniques to facilitate reading and tone development. Exercises for articulation, intonation, dynamics, and tone development are also integrated into the innovative curriculum. introducing a powerful learning strategy, THE ART OF CHUNKING is a must-have staple–perfect for use in both private and university studios. Spiral bound. 150 pages.

Special Features:
  • Presents a comprehensive daily warm-up, followed by 48 lessons in major and minor keys.
  • Explores the building blocks of music through the study of scales, thirds, arpeggios, and seventh chords.
  • Inspires creativity and musical expression with the study of preludes and cadenzas.
  • Includes 19 orchestral excerpts with practice suggestions for chunking exploration.
  • Fosters the development of tone and articulation.
  • Includes exercises to help the clarinetist with specific areas of performance.
  • Helps the clarinetist increase agility and familiarity in the altissimo register.

Chunking Practice Offers Many Benefits to the Clarinetist:

  • Organizes eye/hand coordination and enhances technical development to develop a fluid technique.
  • Helps the clarinetist learn music quickly with an improved level of proficiency and confidence.
  • Improves fingering coordination. Repeated chunking places the series of fingering combinations into short-term memory. After continued repetition, this information is transferred to long-term memory.
  • Improves the sound quality by breathing in each rest, separating the vocal folds (vocal cords).

Orchestral Excerpts include:

  • Beethoven:  Symphony No. 4 and No. 8
  • Bizet:  Carmen Suite No. 1
  • Borodin:  Polovetsian Dances
  • Brahms:  Symphony No. 3
  • Liszt:  Hungarian Rhapsody No. 3
  • Mendelssohn:  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Ravel:  Daphnis and Chloe
    Rhapsodie Espagnol
  • Rimsky-Korsakov:  Capriccio Espagnole
    Le Coq d’Or Suite
    Scheherazade
  • Saint Saëns:  Symphony No. 3 (“Organ”)
  • Tchaikovsky:  Mozartiana Suite


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