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Offline LarryS

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A bit soon?
« on: November 29, 2017, 07:15:13 AM »
But well, practice is practice!
By the way I checked tuning against my ukulele, the C string corresponds with the C key on the clarinet.
I then tried switching to the slightly longer barrel-no difference!

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Re: A bit soon?
« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2017, 08:00:54 AM »
Nicely done! 
The only constructive criticism i have is to not raise your fingers so far from the clarinet, it takes you that much longer to put them down again.  And as you progress, it’s also possible to ‘shade’ the tone hole(s) by hovering your finger(s) over the tone hole(s) you aren’t actually supposed to be covering tightly , to affect the pitch, to lower it slightly if you find you have certain notes that play too sharp. 
I don’t have the skill myself to do that, it’s hard to break bad habits, so start now, don’t be like me!  But it’s something to aspire to, to have that level of control, and you’ll be that much closer to advanced techniques like shading, by training yourself to not lift your fingers so high now.
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Re: A bit soon?
« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2017, 10:26:46 AM »
Thanks Lisa. Unfortunately the habit is already there from playing recorder. I find it doesn't slow me down tho.
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Re: A bit soon?
« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2017, 11:54:35 AM »
Also, Larry, use your tongue at the tip of the reed, to start and stop notes. Instead of ha ha ha haah, try da da da dad. It will sound more intentional and precise.

At the very end, you fade off the breath, and it goes flat. When fading, or playing softly, you need to adjust the emb. to correct the pitch. Do exercises loud and soft, and learn what keeps the pitch steady.

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Re: A bit soon?
« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2017, 12:36:22 PM »
Thanks Lisa. Unfortunately the habit is already there from playing recorder. I find it doesn't slow me down tho.
If you happen to feel like dropping a couple hundred on a plateau clarinet, it will help you lose the habit of raising fingers too far off, as the plateau uses pads to cover all holes.
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Re: A bit soon?
« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2017, 12:55:07 PM »
Dave, I dont have a couple of hundred to drop.
Windy, thanks for the advice. I tried that tongue tip technique (similar to recorder method) but I find I get a very wet sound. Like its clogging with moisture.
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Re: A bit soon?
« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2017, 08:04:12 AM »
Finger raising - monitor yourself in the mirror.

Tonguing - Try tonguing the lip, then upward toward the reed, until you find what works. Others may suggest ... ?
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Re: A bit soon?
« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2017, 08:10:18 AM »
. . . . long tones . . .  up and down the scale . . . . . . . till your chops give out.
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« Reply #8 on: November 30, 2017, 08:22:51 AM »
Youre right, long tones, embouchure. Ive noticed how I can change the volume and timbre of the note by altering my throat shape when blowing. Its interesting how it all works!
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Re: A bit soon?
« Reply #9 on: November 30, 2017, 01:10:10 PM »
You got it!  Fast air with diaphragm support as well. 

*** LET THAT REED VIBRATE ***  , the "horn" is just a speaker . . .
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Re: A bit soon?
« Reply #10 on: November 30, 2017, 02:07:46 PM »
Support. Thats the part I don't get!
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Re: A bit soon?
« Reply #12 on: December 01, 2017, 03:25:44 AM »
I just feel silly doing all that lying down stuff...
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« Reply #13 on: December 01, 2017, 04:15:00 AM »
Support. Thats the part I don't get!

Of course not.  That's because most of the information out there is wrong.

Tony Pay has it right here. 

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Re: A bit soon?
« Reply #14 on: December 01, 2017, 04:17:09 AM »
Thanks Lisa. Unfortunately the habit is already there from playing recorder. I find it doesn't slow me down tho.

You shouldn't be doing on the recorder either.  It will slow you down.