It is important when playing the clarinet to select your reeds carefully. When preparing for an examination or performance many students are let down by their choice of reed. It is incredibly important to "play in" your clarinet reeds gently otherwise they can become water-logged. The best way...
A good clarinetist should always study their scales and arpeggios.
In addition, it is very important to practise long notes; this will improve our sound and will some day shape our own and personal sound.
If you an absolute beginner, getting the right first book is really important! Below are titles of books that I used when I first started learning the clarinet, and they are still highly recommended and used today.
Clarinet Basics - Paul Harris (best first book to have)
Learn as you play -...
A Chinese philosopher named Confucius once said that "Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without." Playing a musical instrument has a vast amount of benefits which not only brings a sense of achievement and joy but also, a better appreciation of music.
1. Elevates ...
Launched in 2009, the Nuvo Clarinéo is a small, lightweight Clarinet that is ideal for young beginners. Featuring a simplified key system which is made entirely from plastic, the Clarinéo's mechanisms are much more durable and easy to handle in comparison to conventional instruments....
The playing of wind instruments, as the name suggests, is dependent on the use of and control of the breath. The variety of methods of sound production within the woodwind family mean that breathing technique varies from instrument to instrument. Although the idea of what is considered ‘good...
Multiphonics (or multiple sounds) on woodwind instruments are a topic that many young composers feel afraid and insecure about. As a composer and clarinet player I have researched a lot on the subject and served as adviser for many fellow composers.
The most important thing to know is that...
Below is an extract from an article I recently wrote for the Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Great Britain, discussing my experiences trialing the latest brand of synthetic clarinet reeds – a very niche topic for a very niche audience! The full article can be found by following this...
‘I have always wanted to play the flute’
‘I’d love to learn a musical instrument but I think I’m too old now’
Does this sound familiar?
There seems to be a stigma around adults learning a musical instrument. Some think that they are too old, and that because they didn’t learn an...
Here are some good resources for beginners:Learn As You Play Clarinet by Peter Wastall (has a CD accompaniment to play along with)A Tune a Day for Clarinet (Book 1) by C. Paul HerferthCreative Clarinet by Kellie Santin and Cheryl Clark (beginners guide to improvisation and jazz - with CD...
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