Livestream Webcast Events

Sheet music and access to scheduled YouTube Broadcasts of LEARN A KLEZMER TUNE A WEEK are available on this page. All instruments welcome. After Checkout you will receive a pdf download that includes the private link to the Livestream as well as the sheet music (for Bb and C instruments) of the tune of the week. Each selection is hand-picked from the klezmer repertoire and marked with ornaments and harmonies.

TUNE IN EVERY SUNDAY AT 1:00 PM EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME to learn how to make your instrument laugh and cry while exploring the great klezmer repertoire. Each lesson is 30-40 minutes long.

Have your instrument ready for another livestreamed klezmer lesson, Sunday May 31 at 1:00 PM EDT. Our tune this week is the beloved "Tumbalalaika". With alternate versions to accommodate different levels of ability - and with live accompaniment this week(!)  - it should be a really fun lesson. After clicking Checkout, you will receive confirmation and an automatic pdf download of the tune of the week for both Bb and C instruments. If you don't see it as a download please check your SPAM folder. The pdf will contain the URL for this week's livestream. Just copy and paste it into your web browser to be automatically connected. During the livestream you might find the use of headphones helpful since you will be playing along with the audio. Each lesson remains accessible as an unlisted video for your future practicing, just use the same URL. If any problems receiving the pdf please e-mail me at robin.seletsky@gmail.com


Past Events (still available for purchase)

Did you miss out? While the earlier lessons are not a prerequisite for joining live on Sundays, you may enjoy these previously broadcasted classes. Videos and sheet music included (Only Bb parts available for now). Headphones are recommended so you can play along directly with the lesson. Each lesson is 30-40 minutes long

Our second lesson, dated Sunday April 5, explored improving our klezmer skills through the charming Yiddish tune, Di Grine Kuzine.  While LiveChat is no longer an option, you can have unlimited access to the video simply by clicking the Purchase button and following the prompts to receive an automatic download of the pdf of the tune of the week.  If any problems e-mail me at robin.seletsky@gmail.com.  Disclaimer:  there are some issues with the synchronization of audio with the visual that were resolved in subsequent lessons. 

Our third lesson, dated Sunday April 12, focused almost exclusively on bending pitches and making the clarinet "cry".  Our tune of the week was the soulful, Mayn Tayer Odessa.   While LiveChat is no longer an option, you can have unlimited access to the video simply by clicking the Purchase button and following the prompts to receive an automatic download of the pdf of the tune of the week for both Bb and C instruments.  If any problems e-mail me at robin.seletsky@gmail.com.  Disclaimer:  there are some issues with the synchronization of audio with the visual that were resolved in later lessons. 

Our fourth lesson, dated Sunday April 19, focused primarily on the "growl" or "singing" while playing the clarinet.  Several participants requested that I teach this technique through the tune Araber Tanz. As with every lesson we go over the scale or mode that the tune is based on as well as  the rhythmic underpinning that in many ways defines the tune. While LiveChat is no longer an option, you can have unlimited access to the video simply by clicking the Purchase button and following the prompts to receive an automatic download of the pdf of the tune of the week.  If any problems e-mail me at robin.seletsky@gmail.com.    

Our fifth lesson, dated Sunday April 26, focused on the great klezmer standard, Bulgar a la Naftuli.  We continued our practice of the "growl" but also looked at how to harmonize a melody.  While LiveChat is no longer an option, you can have unlimited access to the video simply by clicking the Purchase button and following the prompts to receive an automatic download of the pdf of the tune of the week.  If any problems e-mail me at robin.seletsky@gmail.com.

Our sixth lesson, dated Sunday May 10, focused on the great Epstein Brothers tune, A Khasene in Shtetl.  This lesson includes specific instruction on how to make the clarinet "laugh". While LiveChat is no longer an option, you can have unlimited access to the video simply by clicking the Purchase button and following the prompts to receive an automatic download of the pdf of the tune of the week. It contains the URL that when copied and pasted into your web browser will bring you to the unlisted video on YouTube. If any problems don't hesitate to e-mail me at robin.seletsky@gmail.com.

Sunday May 17 we worked on a tune I've always known as Mazl Tov but also goes by Sherele.  There was a lot of great participation from the attendees via LiveChat.  We concentrated on fills, harmonization and the technique behind executing a long glissando on the clarinet (a la Rhapsody in Blue).  While LiveChat is no longer an option, you can have unlimited access to the video simply by clicking the Purchase button and following the prompts to receive an automatic download of the pdf of the tune of the week.  If any problems e-mail me at robin.seletsky@gmail.com.

On Sunday May 24 at 1:00 PM EDT we learned Bukoviner Freylekh and spoke about specific ways to ornament and inflect in the klezmer style.  If any problems receiving the pdf please e-mail robin.seletsky@gmail.com.