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All about Clarinets / Cader Idris
« on: June 15, 2022, 07:39:49 AM »
An old Welsh song that I recently learned on recorder, mentally transposed to start on fingered C.
Quite happy with my tone today!
Yamaha 4C mpc, Legere 2.5 EC reed


All about Clarinets / Do jazz players favour double lip?
« on: May 30, 2022, 02:38:56 PM »
I notice that classical players hold the instrument almost vertical, because of the way a reed instrument works. But jazz players tend to be portrayed holding it more horizontal. But when I do this the sound is weaker because the reed is being blown at a different angle due to the classic clarinet embouchure.
I know many players favour the double lip embouchure and this allows the player to hold the instrument higher. So is that where it comes from, the new orleans jazz era?

All about Clarinets / Fun with an old tune
« on: April 26, 2022, 06:50:08 AM »
Jazzing up Clare de la Lune...

Noblet mpc + Legere 2.5 reed

All about Clarinets / Increased condensation with synthetic reeds?
« on: March 17, 2022, 02:29:31 AM »
Concerning condensation and buzzing, do you warm the mouthpiece up before playing? As a recorder player I know this is an important thing to do to avoid condensation building up and causing a muffled sound. On a clarinet it could be causing the buzzing sound I get after playing for a while. The way I see it, moisture builds up between the mpc and reed (both plastic) and with nowhere to go it sits there and affects the sound. It may be more of an issue if, like me, you use a synthetic reed. Might warming the mpc/ reed  up before playing help?

All about Clarinets / The benefit of open holes
« on: January 15, 2022, 04:05:54 PM »
Clarinet players can glide seamlessly between adjacent notes, whereas sax players have to play all the notes in a run in very quick sequence. Is it not possible for saxophones to have open holes, with rings?  Also if I was a flute player I would rather have one with open holes. (I've tried flute countless times. Though its my favourite sounding woodwind instrument I cannot get to grips with the embouchure)


All about Clarinets / Looking at getting a sling but...
« on: January 12, 2022, 02:31:51 PM »
I can't see from pictures online how the leather tab attaches to the clarinet! My thumb rest has a ring at the top at right angles to the actual thumb rest, (looks like L )which is able to be moved up and down via a large screw .

All about Clarinets / Edelweiss
« on: January 11, 2022, 06:37:27 AM »
I can't leave this instrument alone...

All about Clarinets / Backtrack by James Rae
« on: January 02, 2022, 01:00:40 PM »
A tune from the James Rae book I have.
I realised that when I played this before I was playing 3 notes to the bar! Oops. I practised it quite a few times with the metronome before making a recording.

All about Clarinets / For windy
« on: December 23, 2021, 12:29:54 PM »
Thanks Windy for the help. Here is me attempting to play the overtones after releasing the register key. The high note just disappears. Bear in mind I haven't picked up the licorice stick in months so things have got a little sloppy, but I would like to get back into it, and would like to know where I'm going wrong, and why my clarinet is so hard to blow. Should it be free blowing? I understand there is meant to be some resistance, but how much is me and how much is the budget instrument?
Playing with a Yamaha 4C mpc with a Legere 2.5 reed.


All about Clarinets / Why no C clarinets?
« on: December 22, 2021, 01:33:47 PM »
I mentioned C clarinet on a Facebook group and came to the conclusion that they are frowned upon, poo pooed and generally derided, but why? Surely having a non transposing instrument makes a lot more sense, certainly to me. Anyone on here like them? And how much shorter in length is one compared to a Bb? I was wondering if its possible to get a very short barrel, converting my Bb to a C...

All about Clarinets / Morning has Broken
« on: July 24, 2021, 08:55:20 AM »
An attempt at this Cat Stevens song, from memory (used to have to sing it in assembly at junior school)


All about Clarinets / Saxonette?
« on: June 29, 2021, 04:56:21 PM »
I was browsing Wikipedia about clarinets and I found a link to a video of Alphonse Pichou playing the rare Saxonette, basically a Bb clarinet with upturned bell.


Help and info about other instruments / I have a Jhorn
« on: June 28, 2021, 01:40:58 AM »
This is my father's day gift this year. I've never tried a brass instrument before. It's all about the buzz!

All about Clarinets / Carnival of Venice
« on: June 23, 2021, 10:46:08 AM »
Inspired by Trent Hamilton's numerous brass videos in which he plays Carnival of Venice a lot I thought I'd try a bit of it on clarinet.
By jove it works, though you can forget the fast passages...😜

All about Clarinets / About the alto
« on: May 26, 2021, 07:41:04 AM »
I just watched this video on the alto by Michael Lowenstern aka Earspasm Music. I'm curious if all altos are designed that way...


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