Author: Larry Liberson
Date: 2002-02-18 22:24
Wes said "When you play in a very good band or orchestra, it seems to me that it sounds better when the clarinets all use the same make of instrument. They seem to blend better and certainly tend to play the unisons more together."
Well, perhaps--but shouldn't we also assume that that entire section (that are all playing on the same model of clarinet) is then playing the same mouthpiece/reed combination with identical ligatures, embouchures and oral cavities and the ability to voice similarly, not to mention having similar (identical, maybe?) concepts of clarient sound?
Or maybe it would be more valuable to instill the importance of listening to each other.
Frankly, by the time I'm done monkeying with my clarinets, they're nothing like what comes out of the box (as is the same case for my section mates)...and despite the fact that we all use the "same" clarinet, we all sound that much different! So....how are we able to blend so well when we need to do so?
I'll let you try to figure it out, OK?