ClarinetMike’s 101 Clarinet Tips: #28 Five Ways to Improve Clarinet Tone Immediately! (or almost immediately)
1. Get a Good Reed! Do what it takes to have high quality reeds to practice and perform on. Check out the new reeds from Vandoren and D’Addario: Vandoren V21 and D’Addario Reserve Classic. Remember, the best clarinet player in the world sounds bad on a bad reed.
2. Don’t Pinch The Corners of the Reed. Be sure to keep the lower lip flat against the reed so as not to crimp the sides of the reed. Once past the reed, the lips can seal to keep air from leaking out. Remember, clarinet sound is produced by the vibration of the reed. The more the reed vibrates, the more sound is produced. (This is E-Tip #2 from my Clarinet Embouchure: E-Tips for E-Lips. For more on this tip and the other embouchure E-Tips, go HERE.)
3. Voice Eee’s. I’ve found it very helpful to use different “Eee” syllables when playing in different registers on the clarinet. Go HERE to check out the syllables. (This is E-Tip #3 from my Clarinet Embouchure: E-Tips for E-Lips. For more on this tip and the other embouchure E-Tips, go HERE.)
4. Project Your Sound. Think about it, work on it, and DO IT! See my article on sound projection HERE.
5. THINK! Pay Attention to Tone. Students: Don’t just mindlessly blow. Listen! Teachers: Don’t put up with bad clarinet sounds – work on them!!! You will find my ClarinetMike’s 5-C Embouchure helpful: check it out HERE.