Clarinet A and Bb notes.

Discussion in 'Clarinet Skills Development and Instruction' started by JfW, Oct 7, 2017.

  1. JfW

    JfW

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    I'm teaching myself Clarinet again after a long layoff. I have been meticulously going through an "Essential Lessions" instruction book and have been making reasonable progress reading and playing in the lower register the past several weeks.

    Today I pick the clarinet up to practice a simple piece that emphasizes the A and Bb, looking to improve on these notes as they play thin and always seem on the edge of just breaking up. Today, they break pretty badly for me.

    Squeek! Squeek! - all over the place trying to do anything with the notes. I finally figured out that my embouchure had gone out as I had practiced my sax the day before. My angle was good, but the sides of my mouth were applying the wrong pressure. After fixing it, I was playing better.

    are these notes typically problematic?
     
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    pete Brassica Oleracea Staff Member Administrator

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    They're generally considered "stuffy." That is, if you're talking :TrebleClef::Space2: and :TrebleClef::Line3:

    Does make me wonder if the A isn't adjusted properly or you have a leak/crack near there, particularly if you don't have a problem with anything else.
     
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    Ah yes, the dreaded throat notes. As Pete indicated they are a challenge for all players. Mostly time on the instrument will help. But you will learn to hate and curse those notes even more as time goes on. They are part of the challenge that makes one respect a good player all the more. Least that's my story and I'm stickin' to it.
     
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  4. Tony Fairbridge

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    Try backing off the adjustment screw on the G# key about half a turn.
     
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  5. JfW

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    I think you're right, but its as high as it'll go, any further it'll force the key to leak.

    I'm going to do some minor key modification.....
     
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    Gandalfe Administrator Staff Member Administrator

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    I buy instruments that don't squeak. But I pay much more for mine. ;)
     
  7. Helen

    Helen Content Expert Saxophones Staff Member Administrator

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    Funny guy... Just where do you find a "squeakless" sax or clarinet? itd_3d_ani_w60_smiles_005.gif
     
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    pete Brassica Oleracea Staff Member Administrator

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    Technician note: removed mouse from bell.
     
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  9. Gandalfe

    Gandalfe Administrator Staff Member Administrator

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    I find that cheap, poorly built and damaged clarinets don't save me money, causes me stress, and collects squeaks like a door in a haunted house.
     

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