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All about Clarinets / efficient home set-up?
« on: April 09, 2020, 08:10:17 PM »
I'm looking for the most efficient set-up for home, reducing any steps possible while ensuring the clarinet dries out sufficiently.

When it's not travelling, I like to leave my clarinet on the stand, have it ready to play.
I play several times per day.

Factors:

Do I really need to remove the synthetic reed, ligature, and mouthpiece, run the hanky through the mouthpiece, then run the hanky through the rest of the clarinet between practices, the set up the last few pieces every time I want to play again?

And does the inside of the clarinet dry out sufficiently on that stand?

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All about Clarinets / reed care during session pauses
« on: April 02, 2020, 04:05:08 PM »
How long can the reed stay in the air (i.e. in the ligature), between songs, before it needs to be rehydrated?

To prevent the wet/dry/wet/dry cycle that can damage a reed, I store mine in the Reedjuvinate. This means they're always wet except during these breaks in a jam session or practice session. I'm sure it would depend on the humidity level of the room itself, but generally speaking after how many minutes would a reed need to be rehydrated to stay ready?

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All about Clarinets / arm/finger/core exercises?
« 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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