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The Clarinet Tone

The search for the sound: clarinet tone

The clarinet tone has been variously described as mellow, vocal, brilliant, throaty and bright. A skilled clarinet player can play with a tone ranging across the spectrum of sounds and emotions. There are many aspects of clarinet technique that goes towards creating the characteristic tone associated with the clarinet, and your practice exercises should spend at least some time focusing on these.

The mouthpiece and embouchure are important elements of tone production. While a beginner on the clarinet may be happy with the mouthpiece their clarinet originally came with, many players soon seek out a better quality mouthpiece to play with. All players must remember, however, that there is no mouthpiece in the world that will produce a beautiful tone without the proper embouchure. Embouchure is something that is difficult for many students to master properly at the start, and it is a good idea to practice in front of a mirror, spending some time just using the mouthpiece with the body of the clarinet removed so you can focus just on the embouchure and placement of the reed.

Another important aspect of tone production and control is breathing. Breath support is required to make the reed vibrate at a good speed to produce a clear and even tone. Your teacher should be able to recommend some useful breathing exercises, concentrating separately on taking the air in and breathing out evenly. These exercises will help you in the quest for the perfect tone with your playing.

 

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written by Natalia Forrest

 

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