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Beginning Clarinet Songbook
Lesson 15, Song 6



The fireflies dance lightly through the evening sky on a warm summer night. Their motion seems effortless as they float through the air. While you are playing this song, let the music float effortlessly from your lungs and your fingers, to your ears.
Fireflies is the last song in Volume 1 of the Beginning Clarinet Songbook, by Kyle Coughlin. Be sure to play through the duets and continue onward with Volume 2.

Helpful Suggestions

Sound: This piece has more than an octave range from low G to A. You can find the fingerings here. It has two dynamic markings: mezzo piano and piano. Be sure to make a contrast from a medium soft volume to a soft volume.

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 play accurate note values.
This song includes eighth notes, quarter notes, dotted quarter notes, half notes, dotted half notes, and quarter rests.

MetronomeBot Talking Metronome in Three

Melody: This piece consists of 8, four-measure phrases. It has many groups of slurred notes. Be sure to tongue at the beginning of each slur.

Harmony: Fireflies is in the key of C major. There are no sharps or flats in the key signature, but there is one accidental for F sharp.

Form: This song introduces new performance directions: D.S. al fine. Play from the beginning to the end and repeat back to the sign at the beginning of measure 9. Then play until the end of measure 16 where it is marked "fine." Remember to keep a steady beat throughout the piece. Don't pause at any of the section changes.

The Sign

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