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
benoitleger:

184/365 Canadian military band

benoitleger:

184/365 Canadian military band

@4 days ago with 112 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 :)

Oscar

@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.

Oscar

@6 days ago with 6 notes
shittykittymeowmeow:

Showing off my reedy children <3

#clarinet #bassclarinet #proudinstrumentmommy

shittykittymeowmeow:

Showing off my reedy children <3

#clarinet #bassclarinet #proudinstrumentmommy

@1 week ago with 56 notes
#clarinets #eb clarinet #bb clarinet #bass clarinet #music #music major 

notanotheryoutubeblog said: I'm looking for a replacement clarinet case - any brands you recommend?

Protec and Gator are great for basic clarinets in terms of plastic. For wood, Eastman and BAM. I’m sure there are more but those are the two I can think of in both levels.

Oscar

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zachsenick said: Hi, I just recently bought a used Buffet clarinet. It doesn't say what model it is. The serial # is 1065463. How do I find out which model it is? Thanks!

Can you submit a picture of it? If it’s wood, it is probably a pre r-13 model from the 50s or later. That or an Evette model back from the Evette/Crampon days.

Oscar

@4 days ago

fullmetaldracarys said: I know this is probably a very broad question, but do you have any advice on playing Mozart's Clarinet Concerto? It's my audition piece for the CBDA honor band and we have to play excerpts from all three movements, I was just wondering if you had any tips?

The sooner you can perfect the technique way before the audition, the better. Get as much of it memorized as you can and once you’ve done that, focus on your phrasing. Mozart looks easy on paper but it’s the musical nuances that gets everyone.

Oscar

Along with what Oscar said, make sure your tonguing/articulation is VERY clear. The concerto is allll about that and you’ll stand out (in a good way) if you really work on that!

Lindsey

@6 days ago with 9 notes

notanotheryoutubeblog said: I'm looking into buying a Buffet E11 or E12; and if I do should I get a different mouthpiece that might improve the tone? Or is the one that Buffet gives me going to be a nice mouthpiece?

That is a good student model clarinet! The mouthpiece, however, is not going to be a nice mouthpiece. The mouthpieces they give you with the instrument are called stock mouthpieces, and they tend to usually be crappy. No clarinet player ever uses those. So I advise into looking for a nicer mouthpiece, because it definitely will improve your tone!

Some mouthpieces to try are rico reserve, vandoren, & more..

Lindsey

@1 week ago
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