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Beginning Clarinet Songbook

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Welcome to the Beginning Clarinet Songbook

Lesson 1: Melody
Phrase Marks and Breath Marks

Follow the links below for more information on each song, as well as pictures and helpful links.

Song #1: Where to Breathe

Song #2: Introducing Clarobotoo

Song #3: Klara Nett Plays the Clarinet

Song #4: Lilacs

Song #5: The Goat Who Wanted to Have His Clarinet (and Eat It, Too)

Song #6: The Magic Goldfish


The elements of music in Lesson 1:

Sound: Pitches used in this lesson: C through E
Rhythm: Time signatures used in this lesson: two-four, three-four, four-four
Note values used in this lesson: quarter notes, quarter rests
Melody: phrases, breath marks

Lesson 1 focuses on melody and phrase marks, which are also called breath marks.

A Melody is created by combining rhythms and pitches. All of the pieces in Beginning Clarinet Songbook book are melodies. Some of them are very short and others are quite long.

A phrase is section of a melody and is like musical sentence with a clear beginning and end. The end of each phrase is indicated with a phrase mark which looks like a comma (see Song #1 for a picture of a phrase mark). The phrase mark is also called a breath mark, and whenever you seen one, you should breathe.

Even though there is no breath mark at the beginning of each piece, make sure to breathe deeply before you start each melody. Try to breathe only at the places where it is marked, and avoid breathing in the middle of phrases.

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Kyle Coughlin

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