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 Re: Saxophone to clarinet
Author: concertmaster3 
Date:   2018-03-28 06:46

It sounds as if you're putting too much pressure on the rings. You don't need a lot of pressure to seal the clarinet (and you might need to have your sax checked out if you're using THAT much pressure on sax!).

Here's a great exercise to think about approaching the clarinet.
1. Allow your hands to go limp and to your sides (without the clarinet of course).
2. Notice how your hands naturally form a "C" shape.
3. Bend from your elbows to bring your hands in front of you (not from your shoulders). Are your wrists still relaxed? They should be.
4. Push your wrists forward, slightly, and you should have the shape of the clarinet in your hands.
5. Try this with each hand separately with the clarinet (because one hand needs to hold the instrument!).

This is a great way to approach any instrument, with a more relaxed approach, and not "reaching" for the instrument.

After that, long tones, long tones, LONG TONES! Really listen to yourself, and analyze what you hear. Record yourself to ensure you are getting the sound you are envisioning. Remembering that a lot of the clarinet sound that you hear from yourself has the vibrations from your teeth and jaw to your ear, that my professor calls the "trash" in your sound.

I hope that helps!


Ron Ford
Woodwind Specialist

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