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Beginning Clarinet Songbook
Lesson 9, Song 3

The Kumquat Tree

The Kumquat Tree


The kumquat tree is a plant that produces fruit similar to small oranges. Unlike many other citrus fruits, the rind is very sweet and sometimes it is the only part of the fruit that is eaten. The plants originated in China, but they are now grown in many other parts of the world.

Helpful Suggestions

Sound: This piece has a range of low A to open G. You can find the fingerings here. The piece has one dynamic marking: mezzo piano. Play the entire piece at a steady medium soft level.

Clarinet Fingering Chart

Rhythm: Your time signature is three-four time, which means that there are three beats in a measure and the quarter note is equal to one beat. Playing along with MetronomeBot's talking metronome in triple meter will help you maintain a steady tempo and accurate rhythms. Be sure to tap your foot to the beat.
The note values consist of quarter notes, half notes, and dotted half notes.

MetronomeBot Talking Metronome in Three

Melody: This piece consists of 4, four-measure phrases. There are slurs from the beginning to the end of each phrase. In a few places the same pitch is repeated under a slur. Make sure to tongue the repeated pitch as marked in the music. The first time you should tongue within the slur, the music is marked "tongue." After that, you should tongue where it is marked with just the letter "T."


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