bessttie said: I am in high school and have been playing the Bb clarinet for awhile now, and would really like to try the Eb clarinet. However, since I mostly want the Eb "just for fun", my parents aren't willing to spend more than a couple hundred dollars. Is it possible to find one that's not too expensive but (is at least slightly) of good quality???

i would look at some yamaha student models. they’re not great, but not too bad. if you can find a local school that has one and is willing to let you use it, i would look into that. or maybe rent! that’s never a bad option.


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muzition said: Just got a new Rico reed case. It came with a moisturizer thing - Boveda I think is the brand name. This moisturizer came in a package. I tore open the package and accidentally tore open the moisturizer pouch too and it started leaking a white liquid. I quickly wiped off the liquid and patched up the pouch with tape before putting it into my reed case. Is this okay? Did I do something terribly bad?

not terribly, no. but it’s pretty much useless now. i would just buy another off amazon. they’re not that expensive. 


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"My face hurts." — Getting back into shape on the clarinet.

@1 week ago with 45 notes
#clarinet #bass clarinet #Michael Lowenstern 

My voice, my passion, my life.


My voice, my passion, my life.

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I don’t think the ask box is big enough for this question…(Regarding Intonation)

Hi there. So I’ve got this issue with intonation…I pretty much always lean sharp, and this is not good in my situation. In marching band, I am the loudest of the clarinets, and so(as my director mentioned) the other clarinets will want to match my pitch, which is not good if you want the clarinets to be in tune. Even though I’ve looked into some different barrels to help with intonation(and freeblowingness; my default barrel is very short!!), it wouldn’t be very helpful during marching band since if I were to buy it, it’d be a concert barrel since it’s wooden and stuff. 

So what I’m wondering is this: what can I do to help improve my intonation, and fix errors in intonation(in general, every situation I guess)? One of my biggest issues is that I can hear that I’m out, but I have no idea how to fix it! With hearing that I’m out, in normal band situations I can’t tell if I’m sharp or flat in comparison to others, while in isolated exercises(idk what to call it; like if you hear an in tune pitch and hear an out pitch) I can tell which direction I’m off. Is this just not enough ear training? Also, how do you practice being in tune when you’re alone? Just listen to yourself on a tuner?

Wow, this turned out to be a wall of text! It’s been an issue for me this past year, and as I move up the high school band food chain and become an upperclassman, it’s becoming increasingly important that I work on this issue. Thanks for reading, and I hope you can help!

Good question!

I don’t think new hardware will properly fix the problem, thought it may help if the problem is severe and the following solution doesn’t work for you. If you want the problem to be fixed by your own ear, you need to use your own ear and that alone. 

Download an app called Tonal Energy. The app has a tone generator that allows you to generate multiple tones at one time.

Set the generator to a low pitch and higher ones of the same note. Play the desired note (same one as the app) and try to make yourself perfectly in tune with the tones being created.


This is one of the best things I have found to improve my own intonation. Try it on every note but focus on the ones that seem to be giving you problems. 

This is the best solution i can come up with off the top of my mind. If any fellow clarinetists have other strategies they found worked for them, please, contribute.

Happy practicing!

-Brian Owens (justbriann)

There is a plastic barrel that I can edit a name in here that actually extends. With a longer barrel you’re looking at the possibility of being in tune much better than before. This barrel can change its lengths to what should be most appropriate for what you need. As Brian mentioned, definitely practice with the drones. An issue I’ve come across in my time playing plastic or synthetic material clarinets is some of them just kind of… Keel over in terms of tune. A clarinet I used years ago was always so sharp no matter what I did. I used another clarinet and boom. Problem solved. What brand clarinet are you using? How old and what condition is it in? any cracks? Oscar @3 weeks ago with 2 notes
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modifiedwolf said: Any tips for hitting high a, b, and c (above the staff) on bass clarinet? I can get d, e, f, g, and so on perfectly. My director put me on a 2 1/2 reed when I first started playing about a year ago. Should I go down to a 2?

mmmm, no, don’t drop strength. that will just cause more problems i think. just based on what you’re saying it sounds like you may be biting to much.

try to relax the jaw. don’t pinch the reed against the mouthpiece so much. if you pinch to much the reed will stop vibrating, therefore stopping the sound entirely. if you need to, put little more mouthpiece in the mouth.

i would experiment with 3 strength reeds. don’t get just one, get a box. sometimes reeds just aren’t gonna play well and need some adjusting (i.e. rubbing it one some light grain sandpaper if they’re to hard). that’s why multiple is always better.

hope this helps! happy practicing!


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Done by Joe Palladino at Hole In The Sky Tattoo Parlor in Woodland Park, NJ. 


Done by Joe Palladino at Hole In The Sky Tattoo Parlor in Woodland Park, NJ. 

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christoffermusic said: What pieces do you recommend me to play? I have played Mozart's Clarinet Concerto, the Allegro and Fantasia from Weber's Clarinet Quintet, parts from Saint-Saens' Sonate for Clarinet and Piano, and Solo de Concours by Rabaud.

All of them! There is a much longer list of fabulous pieces to play on clarinet. I’d suggest looking up to find a whole list of the concerti written for clarinet. Not all is public domain but for the periods you’re playing. I’m sure IMSLP will have a good portion available for you to indulge your soloing needs :]


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well-dontjuststandthere said: What brand of clarinet would you recommend for a high school student?

Buffet R13, Selmer Paris Arthea, Leblanc Bliss, Yamaha Custom series. Those are just some of the “standards” used by that age group. The R13 will always be the industry standard recommended by performers, teachers and educators. Anything less will eventually need to be upgraded from. The bliss is interesting though. It’s called the professional model but it feels more of an intermediate level but you can improve the sound with a better mouthpiece, barrel and bell. Definitely try before you buy or Mae sure there is a good return policy if you have to buy it online. I always stress to buy local and if you buy online, buy from a local store. They usually do destination sales tax and it can still benefit the community.


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crescendomyheart said: So, professionals say you should be practicing four hours a day. And I find it hard to sit down and practice for an hour or so. Unless I have a lot of music to go through, and then I just feel unproductive with my practice session. What are some tips to keep up a productive practice session, and to have enough motivation for multiple sessions a day? If you have any!

In all honesty, it comes down to consistent and quality practice. Consistent in the sense that you have at least a schedule down every week that is repetitious and “consistent” with your scheduling of the prior week. That being said, you don’t always have to practice 8 hours a day but if you’re going to do a quantity of practice. You may as well make it quality practice.

Focus on one thing in each session.

For instance:
1 hour of long tones
1 hour of scales, intervals and arpeggios and technique
1 hour of excerpts, analyzation of Fingerings, dynamics and entrances
1 hour of repertoire

The first two hours could either be done back to back or separate. The goal is to also improve tongue speed and fluidity with the fingers. But that example is based on a four hour practice regiment but I would probably work in reed work. Getting my reeds conditioned and either eliminating or replenishing reed life.


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