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Messages - LarryS

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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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All about Clarinets / Re: Nuvo Dood
« on: July 25, 2017, 04:59:01 AM »
I was tempted to buy one but I'm glad I held off really.

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Wow and WOW!

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All about Clarinets / Re: Ligature designs
« on: July 25, 2017, 02:55:35 AM »
I have the conventional metal cage-like lig on my Bb  like this one but it's damaged and only the top screw moves. Need a better one.

Once I tied a string on a mouthpiece I have used only string ligatures. It is difficult to get even pressure with anything else. The metal ligs tend to pinch the reed tight enough to leave permanent compression marks. The string spreads the pressure evenly, even if the back of the reed is not perfect.
Trouble is I'm all thumbs. I fear I would make a pig's ear of it lol
If you're poor and/or in a pinch, I've said it a bunch but a rubber band sure works wonders!
Cool I might try that. How about a hair bobbles? Plenty of those in this house

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All about Clarinets / Re: Ligature designs
« on: July 24, 2017, 04:26:31 PM »
I have the conventional metal cage-like lig on my Bb  like this one but it's damaged and only the top screw moves. Need a better one.

Once I tied a string on a mouthpiece I have used only string ligatures. It is difficult to get even pressure with anything else. The metal ligs tend to pinch the reed tight enough to leave permanent compression marks. The string spreads the pressure evenly, even if the back of the reed is not perfect.
Trouble is I'm all thumbs. I fear I would make a pig's ear of it lol

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Wow how odd does that look!

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All about Clarinets / Re: New member saying Hi
« on: July 24, 2017, 03:27:08 PM »
Firstly, the code is mandatory. (Annoying, but mandatory.)
Yes; surprisingly, the Rico line is fantastic (did I just say that?).  They are mass-produced with no human interferance, but they are the best of the basic line of available new offerings.

Thanks Windsong. I'm glad to know it's not just me!

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All about Clarinets / Re: Nifty, comfortable thumb saddle
« on: July 24, 2017, 03:25:09 PM »
My clarinet has a rubber cover over the metal thumb rest and so far my thumb is ok, but I only started playing today for about half hour. Would a neck strap ease things?

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