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Charles Neidich

Hailed by the New Yorker as an “artist of uncommon merit - a master of his instrument", the professor at The Juilliard School, prize-winning clarinetist, composer, and conductor breaks down and explains anything from technique to musical interpretation in his unique ability.

Fundamentals

The closest you can get to 1-on-1 lessons with true masters teaching and explaining in great detail the fundamentals of their instrument

Charles Neidich shares his ideas and philosophies about how to play the clarinet. Suitable for beginners to advanced players, these lessons cover the whole fundament of clarinet playing and a unique artist’s approach to playing this wonderful instrument.

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01 Partials

Get to know your partials and get a much better control of the clarinet.

02 The Embouchure

Building a firm yet flexible embouchure is easier said than done, but Neidich has some great exercises that help it along.

03 Posture

Learn how to become more aware of how crucial a good posture is and how it can affect your playing.

04 Breathing and Blowing

Get a handful of exercises of how to develop and optimize your breathing and blowing, the very fundament of your playing.

05 Fingers

Neidich is famous for his flawless technique and he has some special and specific ideas of how you can get a more relaxed and fast finger technique.

06 Rhythm

Neidich shares exercises of how to get rhythm in and sub divide with your fingers.

07 Starting a note

"If your body works all together at the same time everything will actually be at the same time"- This explains how to get there starting a note.

08 Tonguing

Every tongue a bit different but Neidich gives some tips on what he strongly believes will help you in building a better and faster tonguing technique.

09 Basics of musical expression

What is a downbeat? What is an upbeat? This is the core of any musical expression, a core subject to Neidich, and hopefully for you as well.

10 Circular Breathing

Get a straw and a glass of water ready. Time for you to develop circular breathing so you can play endlessly long lines and phrases.

11 Double Tonguing

"Don´t double tongue repeated notes to start off with" – If anyone knows about extended techniques it´s Neidich. Here he shares double tonguing which can be a very useful tool when playing demanding passages.

One of the most thorough and useful lessons on the fundamentals of playing the clarinet – every clarinet player should watch!

Marcus Norman

An excellent insight into the sound production and thinking of one of the most knowledgeable clarinet pedagogues. I have come back to this video a few times as it has a lot of detail. Highly recommended!

Justin Carter

Nedich's sound is wonderful and the production of this video is great. This first chapter of this video--"Partials" is the most interesting one to me. Every clarinet players should learn about it.

Caleb

This masterclass is very usefull. Charles Neidich is very inspiring teacher and these fundaments are very helpfull.

Mika mryhta

I always have been watching this master class video since it came out and I still watch it. It is extremely useful and gives me wider view on my clarinet studies.

Hyun Min Lee

Very useful, I watch it once in a while as a reminder of fundamentals. Some things may seem obvious when you hear it, but you need to hear it first. This is a good place to go to when you run into some trouble and need to go back to fundamentals.

Jack

Great.A lot of useful information.Thanks.Theo

Teo

Extremely useful. A must-have for clarinetists!

Tina

Really great information - it's nice to have a lot of Neidich's ideas on clarinet playing and music in general in one place. His ideas were very helpful to me, and I watched this title many times.

Ben

These videos are amazingly useful for clarinet players of any level. Charles Neidich is a true master of his craft. I learned so much through his comments and analogies. particularly useful are the sections on circular breathing and double tonguing.

Lewis

This recording is priceless. Thank you Adam!. A real treasure.

Igor Ahss

I learned so much from this Masterclass. Neidich inspires as he brings clarity in topics often find difficult to explain. Although you have to watch and listen more than once in order to really understand each little detail it helps you advance your skills. As it is difficult for me to join a face-to-face Masterclass with Neidich himself (I am living in Germany) this video was absolutely worth its purchase.

Keven Weimann, Germany

It's really helpful for me. I found new perspectives for playing the clarinet from this videos. Thanks a lot. The concept of the partial is really helpful for altissimo register.

Yujiro - Japan

Amazing musician and inspiring teacher and performer! A reference to all clarinet players and teachers!

Domingos Castro

I would say this is a very experiencing masterclass, as I learned a lot through this video.

Kenny Lim

It's a great opportunity to be able to study with a great teacher when you live in a different place. I love that I can learn from one of the greats on my own time.

Travis Ricks

Good advice and tips from one of the finest clarinettists and clarinet teachers living today. Note that this is aimed at advanced students or semi-proffesional players and is not suitable for beginners.

Nadav Amir

Neidich's MasterClass Series are fantastic!! I own all of them, and they are an education in themselves. His Fundamental video discusses how to voice notes, practice harmonics, and other important aspects of Clarinet playing. Neidich is a great teacher both in person, and in this series.

David Blumberg

J'ai acheté plusieurs vidéos de clarinette et étant un amateur cela m'aide à progresser dans ma pratique instrumentale!

franck rotsztein

I consider myself a lucky person having had the chance of being instructed by Charles Neidich this way for years! He marvellously demonstrates highly complex clarinet matters in a very pleasant,individual, and understandable way. His instructions might boost sound production remarkably - especially for intermediate students. The video is always inviting to imitate, though a tiny central melody that guides you through the chapters or is the lasting "endproduct" is missing. All in all, there might certainly be only one better method of clarinet-tutoring - that is face-to-face with such an expert.

Susann Forster

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Reviews

Marcus Norman

One of the most thorough and useful lessons on the fundamentals of playing the clarinet – every clarinet player should watch!

Justin Carter

An excellent insight into the sound production and thinking of one of the most knowledgeable clarinet pedagogues. I have come back to this video a few times as it has a lot of detail. Highly recommended!

Caleb

Nedich's sound is wonderful and the production of this video is great. This first chapter of this video--"Partials" is the most interesting one to me. Every clarinet players should learn about it.

Mika mryhta

This masterclass is very usefull. Charles Neidich is very inspiring teacher and these fundaments are very helpfull.

Hyun Min Lee

I always have been watching this master class video since it came out and I still watch it. It is extremely useful and gives me wider view on my clarinet studies.

David

An excellent guide for beginners and professionals alike. Very useful!

Jack

Very useful, I watch it once in a while as a reminder of fundamentals. Some things may seem obvious when you hear it, but you need to hear it first. This is a good place to go to when you run into some trouble and need to go back to fundamentals.

Teo

Great.A lot of useful information.Thanks.Theo

Tina

Extremely useful. A must-have for clarinetists!

Ben

Really great information - it's nice to have a lot of Neidich's ideas on clarinet playing and music in general in one place. His ideas were very helpful to me, and I watched this title many times.

Lewis

These videos are amazingly useful for clarinet players of any level. Charles Neidich is a true master of his craft. I learned so much through his comments and analogies. particularly useful are the sections on circular breathing and double tonguing.

Igor Ahss

This recording is priceless. Thank you Adam!. A real treasure.

Keven Weimann, Germany

I learned so much from this Masterclass. Neidich inspires as he brings clarity in topics often find difficult to explain. Although you have to watch and listen more than once in order to really understand each little detail it helps you advance your skills. As it is difficult for me to join a face-to-face Masterclass with Neidich himself (I am living in Germany) this video was absolutely worth its purchase.

Yujiro - Japan

It's really helpful for me. I found new perspectives for playing the clarinet from this videos. Thanks a lot. The concept of the partial is really helpful for altissimo register.

Domingos Castro

Amazing musician and inspiring teacher and performer! A reference to all clarinet players and teachers!

Kenny Lim

I would say this is a very experiencing masterclass, as I learned a lot through this video.

Travis Ricks

It's a great opportunity to be able to study with a great teacher when you live in a different place. I love that I can learn from one of the greats on my own time.

Nadav Amir

Good advice and tips from one of the finest clarinettists and clarinet teachers living today. Note that this is aimed at advanced students or semi-proffesional players and is not suitable for beginners.

David Blumberg

Neidich's MasterClass Series are fantastic!! I own all of them, and they are an education in themselves. His Fundamental video discusses how to voice notes, practice harmonics, and other important aspects of Clarinet playing. Neidich is a great teacher both in person, and in this series.

franck rotsztein

J'ai acheté plusieurs vidéos de clarinette et étant un amateur cela m'aide à progresser dans ma pratique instrumentale!

Susann Forster

I consider myself a lucky person having had the chance of being instructed by Charles Neidich this way for years! He marvellously demonstrates highly complex clarinet matters in a very pleasant,individual, and understandable way. His instructions might boost sound production remarkably - especially for intermediate students. The video is always inviting to imitate, though a tiny central melody that guides you through the chapters or is the lasting "endproduct" is missing. All in all, there might certainly be only one better method of clarinet-tutoring - that is face-to-face with such an expert.

Paul Roe

I purchased all three fundamental classes on PWP and enjoyed each one immensely.

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