wendythecreeper said: Were any of you at the Allentown Collegiate Marching Band Festival today? (Sunday) I went today and there were many great bands, so I want to know if any of you were in them : )
I wish I was still in the Rutgers band but I’m not :[. Also, Rutgers didn’t even go this year!-Lindsey
@20 hours ago with 2 notes
rukuparumieri said: Do you have any tips on double tonguing? I play bass clarinet and I have to play some pretty fast sixteenths and I'm having difficulty playing them up to tempo.
Well, as far as tonguing goes. Both single and double tonguing require that work in the shed where you will have to work up the speed over time. So if your need is something immediate, as far as what I’d be telling you. It won’t be instant results.
What I’d recommend and what I’ve learned from Julian Bliss is to take your metronome and tongue on the best at a slower rate and do that for about 5-10 minutes a few times in the day for a week or two. You can also kill two birds with one stone by also moving your fingers along the clarinet to also develop technique and the relationship with your tongue and fingers. Single tonguing you’d eventually build up to a speed that is fast enough for a lot of what you’d be playing and as you develop the double tonguing skill. Do your best to match the attack from the tip with the back of your tongue. There are some good videos on YouTube on how to double tongue. Watch some on not only clarinet but also trumpet, Oboe, et cetera. Learning techniques from other instruments is how I taught myself for years.
Any other ideas are welcome :)
@4 days ago with 3 notes
7thstreet said: Hi there! I have been playing clarinet for 11 years now and a year ago I've discovered that I play completely wrong. I don't know how to explain this fully and clear but I'll try. I never use my tongue to play staccato or any note that isn't tied, instead I use my lower lip to play my notes. I asked my teacher for tricks but I can't keep those up. When he makes me use my tongue I still use my lower lip and my tongue so that's not handy. I hope you guys can help me. Thanks :)
Think of your bottom lip as a cushion. Very flexible and unstable in its structure. Curl it over your bottom teeth and think of your teeth as the stable brace for your lip. Put the mouthpiece on and put your tongue on the reed. Flick it like you are trying to make the reed vibrate like a ruler and your tongue should be pointing to the roof of your mouth. Flick flick. Next, push your tongue between your reed and your bottom lip to where your tongue sticks out of your mouth, kind of. Press your tongue on the reed to prevent any sound from coming out. Blow as hard as you can to get a sound but make sure your tongue is stopping that from happening.
Now blow without your tongue on the reed. As you blow, stop the sound and release. Do this over and over. Then try making a percussive or articulated sound as you create the sound. Think “dooo” instead of a “t”, it’ll be less abrasive. Then blow and hold the note and articulate doo doo doo doo on the quarter beats of a tempo of your choice. Then as you grow comfortable with that. Do slow duut duut duut, to cut off the air stream just like when you blew and stopped the airflow. Speed this up and you should get either a resonant dut dut or dt dt dt dt for short pin pricks.
I hope this helps.
@6 days ago with 6 notes