ClarinetMike’s 101 Clarinet Tips: #21 “Don’t Look Down!”
I have noticed that many young clarinetists, especially beginners, at times have a tendency to look down their clarinets while playing. Looking down the clarinet can create bad habits and problems: embouchure, head position, posture, etc. can be affected.
This tendency to look down is especially common when students are having difficulty on a fingering. Also, some young students have small fingers and can have trouble covering the open holes.
Therefore, make sure you teach your students to look straight ahead at the music and trust their fingers.
ClarinetMike says, “Don’t Look Down!”