|Making sure your body is ready - yoga stretching and taking a deep breaths. Helpful for breathing!||00h:01m:02s|
|Air: using a full air stream through a focused embouchure||00h:02m:15s|
|Embouchure: basic articulation techniques||00h:02m:52s|
|Fingers: fingering techniques, presto tempo, largo tempo||00h:04m:06s|
|Voicing, directing the air||00h:04m:53s|
NWS fellow Jason Shafer talks about his clarinet warm-up routine
Jason Shafer joined the Colorado Symphony as Principal Clarinet at the start of the 2013-2014 season. Previously, he played for four years as a fellow with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, FL. He received his Bachelor of Music summa cum laude from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, where he studied with Kenneth Grant. His other major musical influences include Mark Nuccio and Burt Hara.
Jason has performed as guest Associate Principal/Eb Clarinet with the Cincinnati Symphony and returns each summer as a member of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony in Idaho. Always looking for opportunities to travel, he has performed abroad in Austria, Estonia, and Russia. Jason has collaborated in chamber music performances with Yefim Bronfman, Jeremy Denk, and Laura Aikin; as a concerto soloist, he has performed with the New World Symphony and the Eastman Philharmonia, among others. While living in Miami, Jason was on the faculty of the SoBe Institute of the Arts, and currently maintains a private studio in Denver. He also studied piano during his time at Eastman, and loves to accompany other musicians.