Klezmer clarinet

Private class by Gabriel Paquin-Buki

The clarinet made its appearance in European klezmer ensembles, particularly in the second half of the 19th century, and has quietly become an emblematic instrument of this music. Its wide register, its sometimes bright, sometimes dark timbre, its great projection, its virtuosity as well as its capacity to imitate the human voice largely contributed to the clarinet being adopted by Ashkenazi Jewish musicians. Regardless of the style we play, the breath as well as the position of the fingers and the tongue must be on point in order to maximize our possibilities of interpretation. For those who are new to the clarinet, learning the basic techniques of the instrument can be done in parallel with klezmer music.

Class Content & Objectives

  • Learn the different klezmer modes (scales)
  • Understand the framework of an improvised doina and its different codes
  • Learn to ornament in the klezmer style (trills, glissandos, krekhts, etc.)
  • Know the different styles of klezmer pieces and the dances associated with them
  • Listening to recordings of great clarinettists (early 20th century to the present day)
  • Personal Practice, Breathing and Velocity Techniques
  • Learning by ear and with sheet music
  • Opportunity to learn the basics of continuous breathing

Private classes


  • Session of 10 classes: $470