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All about Clarinets / Re: Ligature designs
« on: July 26, 2017, 03:50:34 AM »
Re the bit about the reed being perfectly aligned. I can bear witness to the fact that it doesn't have to be. When I set mine up with a damaged lig the reed wasn't level in two axes and yet it played. And I'd never played a clarinet before!
I might have to practice the string method, but I am all thumbs when it comes to things like that.

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All about Clarinets / Re: Chinese fakes are getting better
« on: July 26, 2017, 03:18:26 AM »
2 more hints that it's counterfeit:
1. It's shipped from China or Hong Kong
2. It comes with a SCREWDRIVER!

Ha ha! But seriously, I take it a screwdriver is not a normal part of a clarinet kit?

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All about Clarinets / Re: My first scale on clarinet
« on: July 25, 2017, 05:37:44 PM »
Larry,
2.5s are too hard when  just getting started, most likely.  Save them for 6 months from now, when you've developed good breathing and projection techniques.
I actually thought that after I bought them, and that's what i plan to do. I will get some 2s. They have D'addario Royals in 2 strength in the shop.

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All about Clarinets / Re: Couple of questions about clarinet
« on: July 25, 2017, 05:35:49 PM »
I also got a pair of white gloves with it, very bizarre. For cleaning the keys? (I also got a nice pull through)

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All about Clarinets / Re: My first scale on clarinet
« on: July 25, 2017, 04:06:47 PM »
Yes.  For the time, hop down to the nearest music store, and purchase an operable lig.  Also get some tried and true reeds.  Buy a 10 pack, as three will be ready for the trash immediately.
I recommend Rico Royal or La Voz reeds for you, in #1.5 or 2.  Before you develop a strong embouchure (and be patient; it takes a while, and it hurts), stronger reeds will diminish your confidence.  No need for that.
Thanks. I bought some the other day, a set of 3 Rico 2.5s (they had no 2s). I haven't tried them yet, I'm still using one of the reeds that came with the instrument. I tell you what, I am looking forward to getting a book, hooking up with YouTube and getting to know this thing!

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All about Clarinets / Re: Couple of questions about clarinet
« on: July 25, 2017, 04:03:10 PM »
I managed to find a page explaining the keys. Very neat!

http://wfg.woodwind.org/clarinet/cl_fing.html

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All about Clarinets / Re: Couple of questions about clarinet
« on: July 25, 2017, 03:16:21 PM »
Thanks Silver. I did find a fingering chart online already but what I was looking for was what are the  keys called. Which one is the trill key etc. The register key, that's the one at the back above the thumb hole I believe (also called the speaker key?)

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All about Clarinets / Re: My first scale on clarinet
« on: July 25, 2017, 03:10:46 PM »
Not bad for the first run, you brave soul, you.  (So that's instagram is it?)
I can see your embouchure needs some work.  If this were a sax or a brasswind, squirrel cheeks would be okay, but you actually want to purse your lips, and draw in your cheeks.  Before you develop bad habits, get some good books.  There are many out there, and I cannot qualify one over the other, but when I learned nigh on 40 years ago now,  I used Mel Bay.  When my son was learning, he used Hal Leonard books.  Both are quite good, and there are many others.  The books won't often teach you enough about breathing or technique, but more can be found on the interwebs, or through a good teacher.  If you can learn circular breathing, do so.
Cheers. I know I need to work on my embouchure but also my ligature is bent (one of the screws is frozen and I tried to fix it with pliers)

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All about Clarinets / Re: Carl Fischer Metal Clarinet
« on: July 25, 2017, 03:08:16 PM »
Unbelievable...the things people throw out!

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All about Clarinets / Re: Nifty, comfortable thumb saddle
« on: July 25, 2017, 02:09:45 PM »
There are some unused bag straps knocking about the place, I'm sure I can rejig one to use as a neck strap.

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All about Clarinets / Couple of questions about clarinet
« on: July 25, 2017, 12:33:02 PM »
Ok I have a couple of newbie Q's.
First off is there a webpage showing a map of all the keys, what they're called and what they do?
Also mine came with a small screwdriver, what is it for adjusting?
What are throat tones? And I have two barrels, one shorter than the other. I understand they're for tuning but which should I use?

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All about Clarinets / Re: Chinese fakes are getting better
« on: July 25, 2017, 12:28:43 PM »
So hard to tell from the real thing. How does a newbie like me spot a fake?

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All about Clarinets / Re: New member saying Hi
« on: July 25, 2017, 12:15:49 PM »
Thanks guys!

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All about Clarinets / Re: My first scale on clarinet
« on: July 25, 2017, 12:13:41 PM »
How about this? I was just noodling and it sounds in a bit of a strange mode. A bit Klezmer maybe?

https://www.instagram.com/p/BW-pqmGlbmD/

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All about Clarinets / My first scale on clarinet
« on: July 25, 2017, 09:50:37 AM »
I managed this yesterday despite sinus pain.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BW7nB_gFkle/

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