Jean-Christophe Van Dam

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Clarinet - Contrabass Jazz, Klezmer and Folk Musician. Author, composer, arranger, ensembles conductor.

I regularly animate sessions for musicians in traditional music, improvisation. I produced a lot of exercises which are progressively edited and published on this page for clarinet and double bass. I developed my own method to learn musical improvisation that I could "practice", experience, challenge along the multiple sessions I animated.

By this page, I propose exercices for clarinet and contrabass based on traditional airs. The idea is to use this fabulous common asset we have with traditional music to introduce them in the learning process.

Clarinet exercices contain the theme from traditional and folk music and multiple variations, allowing to practice for advanced clarinet players.

Contrabass exercices are often simple transcription, where a contrabass fingering is proposed.