How do you shape your mouth for a clarinet?
Learn How to Develop the Proper Clarinet Embouchure
- Begin with a genuine smile. Instruct the student to smile so that it shows their teeth.
- Pull the corners of the mouth in.
- Try your embouchure with the clarinet.
- Top teeth on top of mouthpiece.
- Bottom lip tucked into teeth.
- The small muscles are evenly engaged.
Where should the tongue be on a clarinet?
The clarinet is played with a high tongue position. The tongue should be parallel to the roof of the mouth, arched and high. Use the syllable “Shhhh” to get the tongue in the right place.
Why do I sound airy on my clarinet?
There are many reasons for having a fuzzy or airy tone on the clarinet, but it’s generally possible to isolate the cause. The most common problems that cause a fuzzy sound are due to the mouthpiece or the reed, incorrect embouchure or air support, low tongue position or a leak or crack in the clarinet.
Where is the clarinet embouchure in the mouth?
Clarinet Embouchure. The shape of the mouth cavity as influenced by the position of lower jaw and the tongue. The position of the tongue; in front, in the middle or at the back of the mouth. The position of the cartilage system in the throat (larynx). All muscles that are needed to operate the aforementioned functions.
How does pressure affect the tone of the clarinet?
Intonation: a slight pressure against the reed improves the overall intonation on your clarinet. A lot of pressure against the reed causes pp tones to be sharp. When you blow louder the air pressure increases and hard pressure on the reed will be more difficult to maintain.
What makes a clarinet sound thin and choked off?
By the extra pressure of the lower jaw the reed is bent more towards the rails and the resistance increases. The tone is going to sound “thin and choked off”. The reed is the in no way in the position to allow you to do subtle adaptations on account of being choked too close to the mouthpiece.
How can you tell if a clarinet reed is going to bend?
The further you put the mouthpiece into the mouth, the less the reed will bend towards the mouthpiece. You can test this by pressing your thumb on various spots on the reed. You will see the reed bend more and more and at the same time you will notice when it touches the rails of the mouthpiece.