From two sounds with equal quantity of overtones, the one with less harmonics (less overtones that are integer multiples of the fundamental) will tend to be perceived as dirtier. Loudness of the overtones.
Yes, tounging with your throat may be the cause or perhaps your neck and shoulder are too tense when you are playing. This tension may cause a pain in your throat. Correcting some minor technique flaws usually cures uncomfortability on the horn.
Always hold your clarinet by its main body, where it will not fall apart. Always rinse your mouth of food particles before playing. Never chew gum or eat while playing because the acids, sugars, and your saliva combine to eat away at the instrument.
To make the perfect embouchure for the best clarinet sound, place your bottom lip against your teeth so your chin is flat. Place your clarinet's mouthpiece on your bottom lip, rest your teeth on top of the mouthpiece, and then close your lips to keep the air in.
Clarinet can be learned relatively quick in comparison (to string instruments, for example). Depending on your ambition and commitment, you can learn enough in two years of lessons with regular practice (about half an hour to an hour a day) to play in a beginner's orchestra or band.
In general, mouthpieces DO wear down over time due to the normal wear and tear that it is subject to during performance, as well as breakdown from saliva. Even the reed vibration alone is enough to, over time, physically change a mouthpiece. On average, regular players seem to notice these changes after 2-3 years.
A good rule of thumb is you should replace your reed every 2-4 weeks, no matter how often you're playing your instrument. You may want to replace your reeds more frequently if you're practicing several hours each day. Some reeds also may not last as long as others, every reed plays slightly differently.
The best reed for beginner clarinet is a size 2 or 2.5 reed. Most beginners start with Rico, Rico Royal, or Vandoren Brand Clarinet Reeds. Your teacher will most likely recommend one of these brands to start with. The size number indicates the thickness of the reed.
Playing a wind instrument can influence tooth position and facial morphology in both children and adults. Aspects that stand out are overjet, arch width, facial divergence/convergence and lip thickness.
Both have their easier and not so easy aspects : I found it easier to get an acceptable sound to start with on the clarinet, and also found the posture rather easier. Once you're going on the flute though, a lot of the basics will fall into place with practice (and good guidance).
Most of the problems are experienced by musicians who play the saxophone or clarinet as they will put a lot of pressure on the lower lip and the teeth to support the weight of the saxophone/clarinet. Teeth misalignment may also be experienced if they play the instruments extensively.
Why does air come out of my nose when I play clarinet?
If an instrument is leaking, players will often feel pressure in the sinus cavity behind the bridge of the nose and feel like the reed is too hard. Because of this, players expend more effort to produce the sound, causing fatigue, and compromising fundamental technique.
To know if your clarinet pads need to be replaced, you need only look. If the pad is starting to look old, discolored, or tattered, you can assume that it's probably leaking. If the pads on your clarinet have become loose or unattached, you can easily glue them back into place.
It may sound gross, but if you notice black mold growing on your clarinet reeds it's time to toss them straight in the trash. Over time, the bacteria in your mouth will cause mold to grow and, if you continue to play with moldy reeds it's like sucking on an old piece of bubblegum day in and day out.
Black is mold. too much moisture start by leaving your reed case open so you won't trap humidity. Throw away any reeds in your case, clean it well, and disinfect it... rubbing alcohol soak would do the trick.
At the same time, some wines last a few years before it goes bad. I think this could explain why some clarinetists play on the same instrument their entire professional life, and others get a new instrument every 4 to 5 years.
No, the wood does not degrade with time. A good clarinet, if well maintained, can remain a good clarinet. For example, Buffet R13 clarinets from the 1950-1960s are highly prized (although much more affordable than similarly vintage, quality saxophones).
Avoid playing the instrument until it is properly acclimatized to room temperature. The part of the clarinet that is most prone to cracking is the section near the mouthpiece (known as the upper body), which is most easily warmed by the breath of the clarinetist.
Playing the clarinet requires your full lung capacity and is one of the most important skills when playing a woodwind instrument. You need to be able to control your breathing, which requires a strong core. The constant breathing exercise is also like a workout for you lungs and diaphragm.
What would be the best about of time to practice clarinet between 15 and 50 minutes? 45 minutes per day is plenty for a non-professional player. There are a few points you would want to take into account when planning your session.
Saxophone is simply an easier instrument than clarinet overall, and is more commonly used in rock music. It's the natural choice. That being said, oboists often find clarinet easier because the embouchure is a bit firmer, which they're used to.