ClarinetMike’s 101 Clarinet Tips: #22 “Line up exactly the upper and lower bridge keys.”
Recently, I had a couple of students announce in lessons that their clarinet wasn’t working properly. After I did an inspection, I noticed that they had not lined up their bridge keys correctly. I lined it up for them and, Presto!, things worked! So, I’ve taken to inspecting this every time there is an issue. I’ve been surprised to find that a number of my students are careless in this small, but important issue.
Therefore, let us make sure our students follow the instruction of Dr. Westphal, “Pressing down the rings on the upper joint to raise the upper bridge key, add it to the lower joint with a slight twising motion. Line up exactly the upper and lower bridge keys….” (Westphal, Guide to Teaching Woodwinds, 5th ed., p. 53)
ClarinetMike says, “Remember John Wooden’s words: ‘Little things make big things happen.'”