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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


All about Clarinets / Playing in the second octave
« on: January 07, 2021, 03:13:14 PM »
So I thought I'd have a go at playing with the register key pressed. I soon discovered that the high notes need a bit more work and beyond a certain point I get no sound. Stronger reed for the higher notes?
I was using a very tight embouchure here with a Legere 2.5 reed.


All about Clarinets / In the Bleak Midwinter
« on: December 31, 2020, 11:15:24 AM »
My embouchure is getting tighter.


All about Clarinets / Tuning test with 2 barrels
« on: December 27, 2020, 08:24:21 AM »
So after listening to Windy's advice I decided to check the tuning of my clarinet barrels, first the 65mn and then the 62mm.
I was thinking that my top A sounds flat but not so in this test, although it seems more in tune when using the 62mm barrel. Clarinet being what it is though I don't always sound the same.
I'm using a free Android tuner called Soundcorset. It allows the player to compensate for transposing instruments.
Edit: the site isn't letting me upload files so I'm using a third party hoster.

All about Clarinets / I'll be Home for Christmas
« on: December 20, 2020, 08:16:19 AM »
Another Christmas song
Windsor Bb
Yamaha 4C mpc
Légère european cut 2.5 reed


All about Clarinets / Interesting discussion on barrel material
« on: December 15, 2020, 04:41:24 AM »
Why you should ditch the wooden barrel!


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