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 tuning problems
Author: Melissa 
Date:   2003-03-27 20:46

The other day my clarinet teacher told me to practice playing a song (with many different octaves) in front of the tuner. I tried to do this today and I was perfect on every note till I hit my E (the last space on the staff). I was wondering if you have any hints on making a note less sharp, and notes less flat. Remember I was in tune, but it's just certin notes. I tried dropping my chin when I was sharp but it didn't seem to help much.

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 Re: tuning problems
Author: sfalexi 
Date:   2003-03-27 21:58

Try loosening your embouchre. Learn to lip notes that are flat to sharp and vice-versa. It may be the clarinet, I don't know your equipment and maybe your clarinet just has a problem. Most clarinets have certain notes that are hard to tune. But try to learn which notes you have that need to be tuned, and try to figure out what you can do with your embouchre to do that.

There are also a ton of ways to fix this. Send it to a tech, a new barrel, a new mouthpiece, maybe you can press and hold the C or B key when you hit it. That would extend the chamber a bit and make it a little flatter (I don't know how bad this would sound, but it may be worth a shot. A "resonance" fingering for E I guess is what it'd become).


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 Re: tuning problems
Author: KENOLD 
Date:   2003-03-28 01:02

Take it to a tech. Some notes can be tuned by adjusting how far the next lower key pad opens. This may also affect the lower register note (same fingering less register key), so if the lower register note is in tune adjustment could make that note go flat.

You could experiment by placing pieces of yellow sticky pad under the key cork for the next lower key pad.

A bent key, a missing key cork, or a flattened pad could be to blame. If the tech thinks adjustment is advisable, it may be done by replacing the pad, replacing the key cork or bending the key.

You still need to learn to bend notes. The higher the note the more it becomes necessary. Especialy in the altisimo register.

I'm not an expert. I've repadded 3 clarinets and I'm about to put key corks and adjust regulation (tuning) on a complete overhaul, so I'm just learning.
One of you pros please slap me if I've got it wrong.


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