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 Re: Embouchure and articulation
Author: sfalexi 
Date:   2018-07-01 17:34

For funsies take a look at this....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Id5O3Tk5YV8

It's an x-ray of a clarinetist playing. Notice the tongue curl/curve. This is traditionally what's taught and it's effective.

There's also a wealth of information on double lip embouchure which might be a good exercise for you (learning to play with a double lip embouchure). It'll force your upper lip to learn to be stable and supportive.

For what it's worth, I consider my lips to be similar to an "O-ring" one would buy at a hardware store. Their sole job, to me, is to keep air from escaping and to make sure any air that is exiting is going through the clarinet. For that reason, I keep it taught 'enough'.

As for tonguing near the tip of the reed, this will be an unpopular opinion that I bring up, but it's not necessary. The only thing your tongue needs to do is STOP the reed from vibrating. Sure, it's EASIEST to do this with the LEAST amount of pressure the closer to the tip of the reed you get, but you could tongue pretty darn low on the reed and get it to stop vibrating. And you'll have the same result. THe sound will stop. And when you release the reed, the sound will start again. Don't get so stuck on "tip to tip" articulation. Go for whatever is easiest to control. Maybe your tongue is a little longer than most and it'd be easier for you to control tonguing mid-reed, or lower. One of the best clarinetists I've met tongues VERY low on the reed. He's not AGAINST tip to tip tonguing, but for HIM, it was easier to control by tonguing lower towards the butt of the reed.

Alexi

Small Group Leader
US Army School of Music NCO Academy


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