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Its gross but spit blocking the reed?

Im finding I can play 2 lines or 2 staffs of music with a smooth sound, but the sounds starts to sound sort of bubbly and the reed/mouth piece is getting spit build up in it.
The clarinet is facing down, and I am playing it normal volume.

As soon as I stop and suck back through the clarinet and then clean the reed/mouth piece it plays fine again till it blocks up again.
I usually play easily 30min after eating.

I was wondering if anyone had some ideas?



Distinguished Member
Distinguished Member
How long are you playing? (in years, not per session). I had this problem too in the beginning - having something in my mouth automatically triggered the spit glands. This will pass after a few weeks. In the meantime, whenever there's a rest in your piece, try to swallow whatever liquid has accumulated in your mouth.
And don't think of lemons while playing. :)


Brassica Oleracea
Staff member
Also don't used scented cork grease. Back when I was playing clarinet more regularly, they had this. It's not a good idea for something so close to your mouth.
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