Knowing a few clarinet tips can make your clarinet playing easier and more enjoyable. Whether you are beginning clarinet or an experienced clarinet player, you should not be afraid to ask your teacher and fellow players for tips for helping you with any playing issues you are encountering. Below are a few simple tips that can make a big difference to your playing.
Always make sure you are holding your clarinet properly. A quick tip is to briefly take your left hand off the clarinet and see if it is being mainly supported by your right thumb. If you aren’t taking most of the weight on your right thumb, you might not be able to cover the keys properly on your clarinet. Also make sure that your shoulders are relaxed while you are playing, and that you keep your elbows to the sides as much as possible.
Always play with a moist reed. Suck on your reed while you assemble your clarinet to make sure. Don’t use a reed if it is chipped or split, as this will have a detrimental effect on your playing and sound.
Try recording yourself playing. This way you can check on multiple features of your playing such as sound quality, tempo and articulation. Another tip is to practice sometimes with other clarinetists, asking them for honest feedback on your playing. The person who will understand the demands of the clarinet the best is another clarinetist.
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