muzition asked: For the person asking for clarinet trios or quartets - is that 3 B-flat clarinets, or two B-flat clarinets and bass clarinet?
I would assume both. The most popular trios I see are the Bb soprano clarinets.
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propermelody asked: Do you have any tips for new Eb clarinet players?
Fake fingerings for the win.
Play strongly and loudly. That is definitely how you’ll be in tune. If the conductor tells you to play quiter.. You’re doing it right. No joke. As someone who performed on eefer in various concert bands and the Shostakovich Symphony 5 at Benaroya hall… Being really loud is the only way to play and play in tune. Many other professional eefer players will say the same thing.
Be careful not to pinch on it. Listen to he high voices(flute, piccolo, oboe and violins). Also, I’d recommend checking out Jessica Phillips Reiske’s videos on YouTube on Backun’s channel.
I will come back and edit this post to give you the title of the Eb clarinet book that I recommend. It’s been a while but it’s fantastic. It’s full of eefer excerpts and the only way to practice Eb clarinet is on Eb clarinet music. Of course, Doug all the other fundamental exercises as well to get the technic but the eefer is definitely used and exposed on the upper register. The Bb clarinets can play the notes lower on eefer so you’ll notice you’re always up there. Haha
Edit: a fellow named Peter Hadcock has a book for Eb clarinet that is really good. Google it and it should be there :) “Orchestral Studies for the Eb clarinet”
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dont-wake-the-thought-police asked: I'm getting a professional clarinet on Tuesday, I'm so excited! I can't remember exactly which one, but I know it's a Buffet with a 5RV mouthpiece (I couldn't get a sound out of the B45). How often, if at all, am I supposed to oil the clarinet? Thanks.
It really depends on where you live. Where I live, in the Seattle area, you don’t find yourself needing to oil the bore that often. But even then, if you do oil it in this area, you’d only have to do it at least once a year.
The purpose of the oiling is to prevent water logging and thus eliminate warping of the bore and the dimensions over time. So when you play, your spit just glides right on through to the bell and drips. The condensation build up will still be as viscous as it can be on the but won’t be as bad on the wood.
With a new clarinet, the main concern will be the fitting. Within the first couple months, it will swell with all the playing. I would also let it go unoiled after a summer season. Let it’s natural oils weep and sweat out. But really, it’s all a matter of opinion. I guess I would wait a year until I start oiling it if that seems like a big issue but be sure to the proper precautions and do a little more research on it. The last time I’ve thought about oiling was about a couple weeks ago when talking about Bore oil and a year before that.
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