ClarinetMike says, “More Air is the granddaddy of all clarinet tone quick fixes. Here’s five more.”
5 Ways to Improve Clarinet Tone Fast!
by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike”
1. Show Me Your Reed. Inspect the reed of each and every student. Don’t let students play on reeds that are very old (too soft) or badly chipped. However, sometimes a slightly chipped reed will play fine, so don’t throw it away without testing it!
2. Sit Up Tall. Noted clarinetist Julian Bliss said something similar at a clinic I attended at TMEA a few years ago.
3. Don’t Pinch The Sides of the Reed. Be sure to keep the lower lip flat against the reed so as not to crimp the corners 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.
4. Project Your Sound. Think about it, talk about it, work on it, and DO IT! Check out my article on sound projection here.
5. Voice Eee’s. Use “Eee” syllables when playing in different registers on the clarinet. Go here to check out the syllables.