infinite-musician said: Hello! I was wondering what your opinion on Buffet, Selmer and LeBlanc clarinets is. Also, which type of clarinet would you recommend the most? Whether it's either of those three or a different type. Thanks!

I would recommend a Buffet or a Selmer depending on your personal preference. Leblanc isn’t making any professional level clarinets anymore so it’s not worth investing in one of their instruments long-term.

Hope this helps,

Lilio 

@23 hours ago
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samohtnert said: Every since I can remember, every time I play my clarinet, there's always this subtle air hissing noise that can be heard under my playing. It sounds like it's air escaping from the corners of my mouth or something, but I'm fairly positive that my embouchure is tight enough. What else could this be? I've always wanted to have just a clean tone without this "airy undertone" but it's always there. I've asked other people if they could hear it while I play but they say no. Thanks!

Air escaping from the corners of the mouth and even some professionals still do it. If it sounds like Eddie Daniels in this video [x] then that’s probably what it is.

Hope this helps,

Lilio 

@3 days ago with 4 notes
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victorialy3 said: I wanna learn Eb clarinet, but don't know what brands would be best. Any suggestions? Also, is the Eb the same size as the Bb clarinet? Thanks

In terms of brands I’ve come across. Used, I’ve used Noblet, Leblanc, Buffet, Selmer Paris and I think a Vito. The Eb is going to be smaller. It is in a higher tuning so therefore shorter in a lot forms. The bore, keys and overall look being the big one any person who plays clarinet could deduce by looking at them. It is a fun instrument. I’ve always used my Bb clarinet reeds on the Eb mouthpiece for tone and overall use and purposes. Which is also why Morrie Backun makes a barrel that has a flat part on it for eefer players who do that because trimming reeds around the heel can be annoying and ruin the reeds if not done properly. In a previous post I’ve mentioned a good book for Eb clarinets as well. Feel free to look over our other questions/answers, information and source material.

Oscar

@3 days ago with 5 notes

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@1 week ago with 32 notes

twisterpug said: Ok so I have trouble playing really high notes. How can it be easier to play high notes? do you have any tips? Thanks! :)

Here are some building blocks that helped me with playing higher.

1. Great low end. Something I learned from a brass player is that, in order to hit the high notes, you need to have a great foundation. Starting from the bottom. It made sense. By not being able to play strongly in the low register, mid-range and upper clarion, you can’t expect to thin out our range without good projection, tone and support. Bass clarinet helped with my low end and I was able to take it from there early on in my playing.

2. Confidence. Without confidence, you will lack support and energy. No projection and no clarity in sound, colour and control.

3. No biting. Learn to not bite beforehand. Practice long tones with double lip embody hire and single lip. Michael Lowenstern has a great video on how to exercise the mouth with the “Q, T” letters by enunciating and exaggerating the mouth shapes. Tom Ridenour has great videos on how to single and double lip as well. Check these two guys out if you haven’t.
But basically by not biting you’re allowing the reed to vibrate. Putting slightly more mouthpiece(and reed) into your mouth the reed can vibrate faster and give you better sound and thus better control. Some students will argue they can’t play without biting. They aren’t lying. But if they can practice correctly, then they will be able to say otherwise.

4. Fingerings. Look up the Fingerings and learn the standard Fingerings AND as many alternate fingerings as you can. Though, it may take some time but you’ll eventually get it and find the right ones for each piece as you come across them. That and to help with intonation.

Hope this helps!

Oscar

@2 weeks ago with 8 notes

wendythecreeper said: Hi there! Yesterday I got a "pocket clarinet"(the documentation calls it a chamuleau also because it's based off of that) for my birthday, and I want to know if anyone here knows about such things or has played on one? My particular instrument is from HeritageMusic(.)net. If anyone has used one before, how was your experience?

It was fun. Similar but not the same at all to the recorder Fingerings. Modern day “chalemeau” clarinets have slightly more notes to their range due to designs adding length or holes to the body. One of the results being our clarinet today. Of course those also had keys added as well.
With good harmonic training, you can get more notes out of that instrument beyond the “standard” Fingerings and range it suggests. But each one is different so I’d experiment with it should you get curious. They’re not the greatest in sound but they are pocket full of fun. ;)

Oscar

@3 days ago with 2 notes

victorialy3 said: Sorry if this is a stupid question, but are the fingerings for Eb clarinet the same as Bb? I was just wondering if the key had anything to do with new fingerings to learn

The instrument does all the transposing for you, if you play a C on a Bb Clarinet then it will sound like a Bb, but if you play a C on an Eb clarinet then it will sound like an Eb. You just read and finger the notes the same way you would on a Bb but it sounds different. This is also true for the rest of the Clarinet family, like the Alto, Bass, and Contrabass Clarinets.

Hope this helps,

Lilio

@3 days ago with 4 notes
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atleastidontfistfrenchhorns said: Could you guys give me some advice for a brand of bass clarinet to purchase? I am attending a tech school with no band program and I want to play in my own time. In the past i've used a selmer and a LeBlanc. I also have about two years experience.

It depends on how much you plan on spending, what’s your price range?

@6 days ago with 1 note

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@1 week ago with 18 notes

muzition said: I don't usually play right after eating. I think the booklice are after the wood, and maybe the dampness. I've left my clarinet out of its case for now.

Maybe buying a new case would be a good idea at this point, you could get them here online, with the cheapest one being $24.99.

Hope this helps, 

Lilio 

@2 weeks ago with 4 notes
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