So, I'm figuring out a couple foibles that SmartMusic seems to have. First off, what you see might be slightly different depending on what platform you're using-- I mean if you're using Chrome on a Chromebook then you see things a little differently than if you're looking at SmartMusic through the Chrome browser on an Apple device. The good news is that it does seem to work, but you might have to click around to find the assignments. I am still a bit puzzled by it all. I re-assigned Ode to Joy because some of you were saying you could not see the assignement, and since you all joined the class on staggered dates, I thought that might have something to do with it. I added a new assignment today- "Doodle all Day". This is a new song, but rhythmically it is not difficult. Please use this time you have at home to push yourself to be able to read the notes off of the staff. Use the fingering chart in the back of your book if you need help decoding the notes.
Clarinets: we were just starting to explore playing in the upper register of the Clarinet's range -- also called "playing over the break". HERE is a great video how to on that! Please watch and give it a try. You will need to be able to play "over the break" to be able to play a concert Bb scale, so once you can play in the higher register, look HERE for the Bb scale. Please note that your instrument (clarinet) is what we call a transposing instrument, so you're playing a C scale, but concert pitch is a whole step down for clarinet due to the transposition, so that's why its called a concert Bb scale even though you play it in C.
Flutes: You should also learn how to play the entire concert Bb scale. As discussed in class this is easier for you now that you have the difficult fingerings memorized-- now, going up past G you will use the same fingerings for upper and lower register (until you go very high and then they change slightly,,, but for the one octave Bb scale it'll be smooth sailing) HERE is a video for you with a Bb scale and a nice arpeggio. Please note before you watch that person who made the video is playing an open hole flute-- once you advance in your playing, you might "level up" your instrument with and open hole flute- the sound is more pure, but it requires you to be very diligent with your finger placement in a way that a "closed hole" or "student flute" does not. Okay.... so she is playing an open hole flute-- the other thing is, for the purpose of you being able to very clearly hear and see her notes and fingerings, she is separating the notes very distinctly with her breath, and also she is pulling her fingers out of the way of the camera shot in a manner I do NOT want you to duplicate. She only did this so you could clearly see which keys were being pressed down. As we have discussed in class, float your fingers just slightly above the keys when you are not pressing them down. It is not necessary to get them far away from the keys, and in fact it will make you slower to switch and make the flute harder to balance if you're moving too much. Keep them floating over the "home keys" rather than pulling them far away. Good luck and have fun!