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 Clarinet Voicing
Author: Domenico1994 
Date:   2018-01-18 00:40

Hi everyone. I want to ask which vowels do you think at, when voicing.
I've always played by thinking to an italian 'i' vowel, and I've always been fine with it (I imagine a closed 'i', which gives me much more projection) but today I decided to try something different and put lips forward, like when saying the letter 'q' or like if I was kissing the instrument.
There are many people who use this kind of approach, lile this guy for example:
https://youtu.be/7Dkg2o4ruMo
They have a very good sound, but when I try to apply this voicing, my sound sounds like it's losing projection, it s more metallic. So, whqt could I be doing wrong? Does anyone od you think about putting lips more fprward when playing?

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 Re: Clarinet Voicing
Author: NBeaty 
Date:   2018-01-18 04:41

I've always been a fan of "eeee" (as in "knee") through "oooo" lips. It's best to keep it simple with the embouchure, if nothing else it makes it easier to remember.

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 Re: Clarinet Voicing
Author: Domenico1994 
Date:   2018-01-18 09:50

Did you ever try putting lips more forward, like in saying a "q"?
If yes, how did you find with it?

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 Re: Clarinet Voicing
Author: nellsonic 
Date:   2018-01-18 09:54

What I see in this video is a somewhat relaxed upper lip, with likely some space between the lip and top teeth. This CAN add some warmth and openness to the sound IF everything else is correct. It's a separate issue from voicing. I just tried what you described (both lips forward as in a kiss) and it caused the tone to lose focus.

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 Re: Clarinet Voicing
Author: zhangray4 
Date:   2018-01-18 09:54

I personally feel if you make your lips say a "q," your lower lip won't be curled enough, which means the lower lip is not firm enough. My personal opinion...

-- Ray Zhang

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 Re: Clarinet Voicing
Author: Domenico1994 
Date:   2018-01-18 09:58

To @nellsonic, and, in the case of putting some space between lip and upper teeth, you know if there are some exercises to learn it?

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 Re: Clarinet Voicing
Author: nellsonic 
Date:   2018-01-18 10:07

I just do it... I use a rubber mouthpiece patch which perhaps makes it a little easier as the lip tends to stay where it's placed instead of sliding back up against the teeth while playing. This is just one way I vary the tone a bit when appropriate. It's not my standard embouchure although I sometimes think it might be better overall. Kind of like how many of us are with double lip.

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 Re: Clarinet Voicing
Author: Domenico1994 
Date:   2018-01-18 11:45

Now I understand :) Although I was thinking that the fact of putting lips more forward would be much more common.

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 Re: Clarinet Voicing
Author: dorjepismo 2017
Date:   2018-01-18 18:29

Ü brings the sides of the mouth in, which can help with a rounder tone, if you have any tendency to shrillness.

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 Re: Clarinet Voicing
Author: Domenico1994 
Date:   2018-01-18 19:27

@dorjepismo did you ever apply it to your playing, if I can ask?

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 Re: Clarinet Voicing
Author: dorjepismo 2017
Date:   2018-01-18 21:18

Whenever I think there might be a tone problem, that's one of the things I do. So, all the time.

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