Throat tones have the weakest tone quality and projection on the clarinet. While other registers are dark, focused, and project well, throat tones are often airy, unfocused, lack projection, and out of tune. This area of the clarinet range encompasses all the notes between E4 and Bflat 4. Throat tones use the top quarter of … Continue reading How to Play with Beautiful Throat Tones
Squeaking is often a dreaded feature of playing the clarinet. The acoustics of the clarinet make it overblow at every other interval (the first partial is a 12th). Other wind instruments, like the flute, oboe, bassoon, and saxophone, overblow at regular intervals (the first partial is an octave). This feature creates the dark tone colour … Continue reading Learning to Embrace the Clarinet Squeak!!!
It is important to provide students with a good foundation when starting the clarinet. This will ensure student success and enjoyment in the future. Throughout my teaching career I have started countless clarinet students and have learned that beginning students with the barrel and mouthpiece alone is a great way to ensure a good embouchure … Continue reading The Secret to Successfully Beginning the Clarinet
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Since we are now in the depths of winter it important to take extra precautions to care for your clarinet. These tips will help you get through the winters months without cracks or too much trauma to the bore: Never play a cold clarinet. It's imperative to warm up your clarinet before playing. If your … Continue reading Caring for your clarinet in Cold Temperatures
Here is an interesting article about intonation, perception of intonation, and musicality. https://bulletproofmusician.com/how-perfect-does-your-intonation-have-to-be/