E-Tips for E-Lips
by Dr. Michael Dean
[This is the fourth of five embouchure tips. The other tips can be found under “Recent Posts” to the right under my picture.]
E-Tip #4: Ex. “Say syllable ‘Ex’” – Lower Teeth Give, Top Teeth Receive.” Don’t bite down hard on the mouthpiece with the top teeth – i.e. don’t push down with head. Think in terms of top teeth “receiving” the mouthpiece from the lower teeth as when saying the syllable, “Ex.” As with all of these concepts, it is important to personalize this to a clarinetist’s unique physiology, equipment, etc.
ClarinetMike says, “Ex.”