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All about Clarinets / Re: efficient home set-up?
« on: August 17, 2020, 10:43:17 PM »
I've continued my current system, with no issues that I'm aware of, and frequent access with ease...

AND I discovered that if I insert the hanky into the bell end, the swab DOES go through the entire clarinet :)

I like that Hercules stand, @kewald, and your video for "ours" @LarryS :)   Does the Hercules indeed allow air flow all the way through, or does the yellow tip block it? (If air goes all the way through, I'll be tempted to get it.)

All about Clarinets / Re: Legere Reeds
« on: August 17, 2020, 10:04:27 PM »
Hi all,

For some months now, my only reed has been the Legere Classic 2.5 for Bb Clarinet. Love it! I'm looking at moving to the next strength, as well as to a new ligature and mouthpiece.

In the discussion at http://test.woodwind.org/clarinet/BBoard/read.html?f=1&i=475372&t=460653 , folks are most consistently recommending NOT a Legere CLARINET reed but the Legere Soprano SAX Signature.

A couple of the posts even recommend the TENOR SAX Legere, which I happen to have for another instrument. However, at ~8cm long,the tenor reed does not fit on my clarinet nor within my current ligature.

My questions:

1- In that discussion, would the tenor have been suggested only for a bass clarinet, then?

2 - Have any of you, too, found the Legere sax reed better on your clarinet than the clarinet reed?

3 - If you know, what is the length of the Legere Soprano Sax Signature?

4 - Do you know if the Legere Signature for Bb clarinet now "caught up" to the sax ones, such that the recommendations on that board -for clarinet- should be considered obsolete? i.e. On clarinet, are we to expect as excellent results with the Signature clarinet reeds as people were reporting in the sax ones?

All about Clarinets / Re: efficient home set-up?
« on: April 09, 2020, 08:31:00 PM »
Thanks so much for helping me again, TMHeimer :)

Yes, I like to practice a few times per day (some hours between sessions).

These notes are very helpful. I admit, if I were doing all that each day, I probably wouldn't continue with clarinet, lol. I'm disciplined enough to practice 1-3x per day, but not disciplined enough to fuss with pieces. I do always brush my teeth before playing though! Just to ensure nothing except my shiny spit is going in. And during nonCOVID time, the whole thing gets taken apart once a week for travel to gigs.

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.


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?

All about Clarinets / Re: reed care during session pauses
« on: April 09, 2020, 02:35:03 PM »
I do have a synthetic (Legere) reed too :)
I try to rotate my use of 3-4 cane reeds and one Legere.

Definitely see several advantages to the Legere -enjoying it very much! But still quite keen on the cane reeds, too.

All about Clarinets / Re: reed care during session pauses
« on: April 04, 2020, 10:15:55 AM »
Oh! I didn't know the cap could be helpful this way! Thanks so much for both tips.

I play different instruments so sometimes in a jam the clarinet is set aside for, say, three songs/twenty minutes.

All about Clarinets / Re: arm/finger/core exercises?
« on: April 04, 2020, 10:12:16 AM »
Thanks, modernicus :)  I definitely find the breathing difference after I've been swimming for some weeks... Now trying to narrow down strengthening/flexibility stuff in joints. I don't have any injuries, etc, to speak of -more for optimizing playing and preventing injury. Older clarinet players I know are having to put a few support pieces in place -neck thing, wrist wrap, etc- before playing a session now.

All about Clarinets / Re: arm/finger/core exercises?
« on: April 02, 2020, 11:48:49 PM »
Wow, windydankoff, thank you!! (I'm a big fan of the Alexander Technique.) Much appreciated.

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?

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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