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All about Clarinets / Re: Jazz Clarinet Mouthpieces
« on: September 10, 2019, 03:52:45 PM »
Larry - With my classical MPs, I can drop my jaw and loosen a bit and drop the pitch about a quarter-tone. I can play Dixie-like and bluesy.

All beginners start out at least 1/4-step flat. It's not hard! If your MP will allow you to do that, then I contend that you have an adequate MP for jazz.

You may want a higher-grade MP when you get a chance to try some out, but not necessarily a more open one. I've tried a few more-open pieces. I've had to blow too hard for comfort, with too much air, and found them hard to control. And, hard to play softly. Standard MPs are a happy medium that works for most jazz as well as classical players.

Try that pitch drop that is essential to jazz and blues, and tell us how it goes.
Windy,check this out. I'm playing an old Dixieland number called Careless Love.

All about Clarinets / Re: Jazz Clarinet Mouthpieces
« on: September 04, 2019, 04:06:44 PM »
So if I was selecting a mouthpiece for new Orleans jazz (yes please ) I would select one with a wider tip opening, going from my 4C to a 7C.

Music Memes / Solo practice v recording and audition
« on: September 04, 2019, 01:08:00 AM »
Every damn time!

Dave's music video of the week / Re: Video of the Week: SF6 and He
« on: September 04, 2019, 01:06:20 AM »
Can we try that with clarinet ?

Trading Post / Re: Albert metal clarinet for sale
« on: September 03, 2019, 05:44:21 AM »
Video unavailable

All about Clarinets / New boards?
« on: September 03, 2019, 05:41:44 AM »
Well this is new. I just come here from the link on my blog and I see a whole host of new fora! I swear they weren't there the other day, yet some of the posts date back to 2016!
Nice to see the forum expanding .

Dave's music video of the week / Somewhere over the Rainbow
« on: September 03, 2019, 05:36:32 AM »
I squeak a little but I just need to keep my embouchure tight! I have a silly looking exercise to help with that...
Vandoren 2

All about Clarinets / Re: Jazz Clarinet Mouthpieces
« on: August 30, 2019, 09:31:13 AM »
I wonder where my Yamaha 4C mp fits on that chart. Its all so confusing.

The propeller story does have a good spin to it.
Badoom tsshhh

All about Clarinets / Re: Jazz Clarinet Mouthpieces
« on: August 27, 2019, 07:38:51 AM »
So a mp with a longer lay is actually physically longer?

I was thinking. When I visit this site I first have to click on All About Clarinets to get to the forum. Why not rename the forum All About Clarinet!

All about Clarinets / Re: Jazz Clarinet Mouthpieces
« on: August 23, 2019, 03:43:42 PM »

However, this begs the question of what you mean by 'jazz'? Old time Dixie or swing jazz with heavy vibrato may benefit from a more flexible MP with longer lay and greater tip opening. Modern jazz keeps tighter pitch control and should not require a departure from the classical MP.

Does the greater tip opening allow the reed to move more, giving a freer, less rigid sound?

All about Clarinets / Re: COUNTERFEIT ALERT! Fake R13
« on: August 19, 2019, 03:17:10 AM »
Good info! Also I notice the screwdriver in with the chinese instrument. That seems to be a thing with instruments from China. Probably comes with white gloves too...

All about Clarinets / Re: Legere Reeds
« on: August 18, 2019, 12:09:51 PM »
Thanks Windy

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