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Author Topic: Clarion Reqister Quacking  (Read 137 times)

Offline delb0y

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Clarion Reqister Quacking
« on: August 05, 2021, 08:49:10 AM »
Hi One and All

I've now been playing 14 months and I think it's going ok. I reasonably happy with progress. That said, the last few months I've been focussing on the clarion register because I'm not happy with my tone there. But what's the secret? I always sound strained and force and "quacky". The link is a brief improv over Minor Swing but I think it demonstrates my frustrations. I'd like a nice round jazzy tone, instead I've got this. I mean, I'm not unhappy - I couldn't have done this a few months back - but all my long notes and scales and so on don't seem to be making much difference.

https://youtu.be/vYvgjdrpqvg

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Derek


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Re: Clarion Reqister Quacking
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2021, 08:16:27 AM »
Could be a reed, or mouthpiece problem. What's your setup?
David Watson of the original The Clarinet Pages
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Re: Clarion Reqister Quacking
« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2021, 10:10:14 AM »
Hi Dave

That was on a Buffet B12, Hite Premiere mpc, and Vandoren 2.5 reed.

I did a second take (attached) using my Noblet 45 - which sounds more in tune, but still suffers from the same issues tonewise. I think I might be trying to- hard!

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Derek

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Re: Clarion Reqister Quacking
« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2021, 04:23:06 PM »
Hm, the reed and mouthpiece combo sounds decent enough. You might try a 3.5 for clarion, if your embouchure is strong enough. Its often harder to go clarion on softer reeds than it is on harder ones; the opposite is true for lower notes - the softer the lower.
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