We got a new contra at school and I needed to take a selfie.

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Anonymous said: Hi. So that picture where you were like "Props to a middle schooler for marching contra alto clarinet" is that CCHS and Pioneer? Bc I think I just accidentally found my middle and high school.

Lol it’s from when the Pioneer kids get to march at Cooper

Contrabass clarinet is HARD”

Not seen around this area much anymore, this beautiful Vito Contrabass Clarinet is a new arrival at Rick’s Musical Instruments, Inc. of Cumberland, Rhode Island.


I’m about 5’9” and was wearing 4-inch heels when this picture was taken.

and I’m still shorter than the clarinet.

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Daniel Ahrendt took some footage of last week’s show on April 19th 2014. 

Arrington de Dionyso- contrabass clarinet and lalove (Sulawesi flute)

Paul Hoskin- contrabass clarinet- 

China Star- amplified glass

Ben Kapp- bass drums

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I would just love to play on a contrabass clarinet that isn’t broken.

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Bertha (the contra) and me. :)

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thatartstudent74 said: In Solo and Ensemble this year I have been asked to play contrabass for clarinet choir. I've played bass clarinet in the past but never contrabass and was wondering if you have any tips as far as embouchure, breathing technique and also how I could reach the second octaves? Thanks a million!!

Sure! So the Contrabass Clarinet is a lot like the Bass Clarinet, only your mouth cavity needs to be more open and you need to use much more breath support. Because the tubing on the Contrabass is more open, there’s less resistance but that also means you can only play shorter phrases before having to take a breath. For the clarion register, make sure to adjust your voicing appropriately to get the correct pitch out. This will involve some getting used it but it will start to come naturally in time! Also here’s a link to a tutorial video I did back in 2011 [x]

Hope this helps,