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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...


All about Clarinets / Ave Maria
« on: May 22, 2021, 11:02:12 AM »
After learning this on recorder, playing by ear, I decided to pick up the clarinet again. And I'm glad I did!

All about Clarinets / Sunny by Bobby Hebb (1963)
« on: March 26, 2021, 11:21:16 AM »
Someone suggested I try this song, in a jazzy style, so I worked out the notes in my head and went for it. I think it normally starts on A but that takes me over the break. Not yet...So I'm starting on E.
Playing on a Rico Royal 2, Yamaha mouthpiece


All about Clarinets / Trying out strength 3 reeds
« on: March 05, 2021, 09:25:12 AM »
Ok so I'm trying out Rico Royals strength 3. I expected to really struggle to get air out but it was a lot easier than I expected! At first all I got was air, but I guess new reeds need warming up. I first tried one with the Noblet 2V mpc, and while it improved things it was a struggle. Much easier to play on the Yamaha 4C, with no squeaks at all, which surprised me!
First, on the Noblet

Then the Yamaha

All about Clarinets / Fly Me to the Moon
« on: February 27, 2021, 04:07:16 PM »
But only if its a return ticket...

Yamaha 4C + Legere 2.5 EC


All about Clarinets / Further mouthpiece comparisons
« on: February 24, 2021, 11:04:37 AM »
I had another testing session, switching between the Yamaha and the Noblet, switching reeds too on each. While the Noblet sounds much brighter, I feel there's something about it, and with the right reed I believe it is perfect for jazz. I'd love to try a strength 3 reed with it, offering a bit more resistance. With a light reed it plays flat.
Here are 3 comparison videos

Noblet with Rico Royal 2

Yamaha + Legere 2 5

Noblet + the Legere

All about Clarinets / Comparing my Yamaha 4C with a Noblet 2V
« on: February 18, 2021, 05:19:53 AM »
A comparison test between my current Yamaha 4C mouthpiece and a Noblet 2V mouthpiece, switching between my current Légère European cut strength 2.5 reed and Fibracell 1.5. I believe the Fibracell is far too soft, no chance of hitting the high notes with it, and with the Noblet it sounds a bit quacky.
Overall I feel that with the Noblet it sounds more like a Sax than a clarinet as far less air is required. But it could just be a case of getting used to it.
Thanks muchly to Windy!


All about Clarinets / Double boehm system
« on: February 15, 2021, 05:13:19 PM »
I just spotted this posted on a Facebook group.

All about Clarinets / C hole with ring
« on: January 26, 2021, 02:13:19 PM »
I've seen this on a few clarinets, the C hole, which is normally just a hole, has a ring too. Does playing the ring only give a C sharp?

All about Clarinets / Dance Hither
« on: January 16, 2021, 12:08:26 PM »
A song from my recorder book called Dance Hither. Accompanied by my digital metronome set to 140, 3/4 time. Légère european cut reed, strength 2.5


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