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Beginning Clarinet Songbook
Lesson 11, Song 3

Flopsy the Whimsical Clown's Car Stalls Shortly After the Race Begins

Flopsy the Whimsical Clown's Car Stalls

Clarobotoo and Flopsy the Whimsical Clown got off to a good start and Flopsy quickly flew out to a big lead, but soon after takeoff, Flopsy’s car stalled. Unbeknownst to Flopsy, some of his clown friends had played a practical joke on him and put red-clown-nose polish in his engine. Poor Flopsy. By the time he figured out what the problem was, Clarobotoo was well on his way.

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Sound: This piece has a range of low G to A. You can find the fingerings here. The piece begins mezzo forte and has a middle section that is marked mezzo piano.

Remember that an accidental in a measure applies to all of the following notes of that pitch in that measure. So in measure 1 of this song, the second note is F sharp (as marked) and the fourth note is also F sharp. The same thing occurs in measure 2 of the piece: the first note is marked F sharp, but the third note is also F sharp.

Clarinet Fingering Chart

Rhythm: Your time signature is four-four time, which means that there are four beats in a measure and the quarter note is equal to one beat. Playing along with Talking MetronomeBot in quadruple meter will help you maintain a steady tempo.
The note values consist of eight notes, quarter notes, half notes, and quarter rests. Tap your foot to the beat and keep a steady tempo.

MetronomeBot Talking Metronome in Four

Melody: This piece consists of 4, four-measure phrases. It has slurred sections and sections that are tongued.


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