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All about Clarinets / Re: arm/finger/core exercises?
« Last post by TMHeimer on April 01, 2020, 02:11:33 PM »
I've never heard of anything like that. Not sure what "levelling up" means. Only physical problem I've heard of was right thumb pain, for which a neck strap may help.
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All about Clarinets / arm/finger/core exercises?
« Last post by Bethany on March 31, 2020, 04:53:51 PM »
Hi folks,

Brand new here! I'm an adult learned who started clarinet just last summer. Am LOVING it, things are coming along nicely :)

Are there physical exercises recommended -for before we even pick up the clarinet- for the fingers, arms, core (to support better breathing during the session)? I'd especially love a video walk-through of a good process, if one exists.

A physical warm-up really helps me with singing, for example; I wonder if the same would be true with clarinet. I also find I develop some pain when I'm "levelling up", and think such exercises might prevent some or all of that.
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Yeah I hear ya. It is something to talk about to pass the time as well. I'm guilty of doing that before the coronavirus......
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Is it necessary? Probably not.

But, I figured I’d jump on the bandwagon since I keep getting emails from everywhere I’ve ever signed up at with “how to stay safe” and “what we’re doing to keep you safe”
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All about Clarinets / Re: Old topics....
« Last post by TMHeimer on March 29, 2020, 01:29:30 PM »
Yes. Thanks!
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All about Clarinets / Re: new review: Cheap Chinese No-Name A clarinet
« Last post by jdbassplayer on March 29, 2020, 12:26:14 PM »
In my experience, The no-name A clarinets really need a new register vent in order to play correctly. Otherwise you will be fighting a loosing battle against wide 12ths. Fortunately, a very effective register tube can be made out of a Nylon 3/16" OD bushing cut down so that it is about 2mm longer than the stock vent. These are available at both major home improvement chains here in the US.
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All about Clarinets / Re: Old topics....
« Last post by windydankoff on March 28, 2020, 06:59:53 PM »
Tom - On my screen, resurrected topics always show at the top of the list. Look there now. Do you see the old topic about Chinese A clarinet? I just revived it from 2018.
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All about Clarinets / Re: new review: Cheap Chinese No-Name A clarinet
« Last post by windydankoff on March 28, 2020, 06:57:35 PM »
I refer above to a Pruefer Silver Throat in which the lowest 3 notes are way flat. I just fixed it today, to my joy! First, I studied other specimens I have, in original condition. They show a lot of pad height when open, clearing well above the body. I put in leather pads that have a well-curved edge, to help ease the air flow, sanded back some corks, and viola! Nearly perfect bottom 12ths!

SO ... Will similar increased venting work with my Chinese A? Stay tuned.

Anyone else have experience like this?
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All about Clarinets / Re: Bore Oil + Clarinet Barrel + 7 Months + *Band Saw*
« Last post by windydankoff on March 28, 2020, 06:40:28 PM »
Nice work. I've been using Music Nomad bore oil. It has a natural-smelling solvent so it penetrates quickly (at first) and then it semi-hardens (polymerizes). Evidence of the hardening occurred where I left some residue on the surface and it turned sticky-waxy (but was easy to clean off). I think that's ideal behavior for a compounded bore oil. I've applied it to a bunch of horns now.

Real dry areas, like between register stem and thumb tube, I will let the little rag sit there for a few hours, especially if it appears to be deteriorated.

Yes, this group tends to favor oil because we are technical and craft people as well as artists.
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All about Clarinets / Re: Old topics....
« Last post by TMHeimer on March 28, 2020, 01:48:22 PM »
I just realized that unlike other forums I belong to (Scuba for one), the threads here stay on the page where they originally were posted. In otherwords, if you reply in a thread on page 3, the thread doesn't move to page 1, or to the top of page 1. So I assume there are some "new" posts on page 63...that were new in like 2017.
Not sure if that means anything, just that it's different.
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