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Help and info about other instruments / Tongue drum
« on: January 04, 2024, 12:10:40 PM »
Anyone tried these? They're a modern invention, only been around for a few years and are great fun. Small ones like this 8" are normally played with mallets like a glockenspiel, but you get the best sound if you use your hands, hitting hard and releasing instantly so the tongues can ring.


All about Clarinets / Fly Me to the Moon
« on: January 04, 2024, 02:34:19 AM »
Picking up the clarinet after a while away from it, with an old favourite.
Despite not having played fir ages it  seemed so...easy. Its like it's trying to tell me that THIS is the instrument I should be focusing on. But it's the break that puts me off. I just can't see how to do that smoothly, so I stick with the chalumeau range...and then feel a bit annoyed because I'm only playing half of the instrument.
Best wishes for 2024 everyone!


All about Clarinets / Recommended mouthpiece upgrade?
« on: November 17, 2023, 12:37:56 PM »
I was wondering what folks recommend as a good upgrade from the Yamaha 4C that I have?
I've been looking at various Vandoren mps on ebay but its a bit of a minefield.
I'm hoping to sell my Jhorn on there and using the money to get a better mpc

All about Clarinets / Wonky reed stops play
« on: November 10, 2023, 01:52:37 PM »
So I haven't played in a while, and I picked it up and could hardly get a note out. Couldn't work out what was going on, till I had a look at the reed( Legere european cut 2.5) and noticed the tip wasnt flat. Instead of being like — it was more like ~
So I switched to a Rico cane and bingo, tone is back!
I wonder if I can get the tip flat again...cant afford another Legere, plus it was a real chore to get that one! Luckily I have a few cane reeds.

Help and info about other instruments / Got a new instrument
« on: September 18, 2023, 01:29:09 AM »
My partner got an amazing deal on this Carry-On electronic wind instrument (EWI) and its great fun.
And unlike many EWIs headphones plug directly into it. Which was the reason I wanted it, for silent recorder practise.
But its also great fun. Here I'm playing a trumpet sound transposed down 7 steps to low F


All about Clarinets / ClariMate?
« on: September 03, 2023, 01:41:08 PM »
Anyone run into this device? It apparently allows players to have silent practice with their clarinet.

Make and Model lists and research / Lafleur clarinets
« on: May 11, 2023, 01:21:44 PM »
Anyone heard of Lafleur clarinets? Saw a really old one for sale that was in a really bad way. Cracks all the way down and a rusty ligature. No way I'd go near it with a barge pole but I was curious why it still had a high price and who Lafleur is.

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.

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