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A place for all things clarinet!

A place for all the Clarinet players/music lovers out there!

Feel totally free to post any cool links of clarinet music or videos as well. We love clarinet music and clarinet performers here!

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In need of a mouthpiece expert!

Does anybody know If the maker of this Vandoren BD4 mouthpiece is any good. You can see his mark in the picture above If anybody knows anything about the maker please comment and are his mouthpiece finishes any good? What are the best marks/makers to look for In the Vandoren BD range of mouthpieces? I've also heard about the 'T with a square/circle on top' mark, being really good mouthpieces

7 Comments
2024/04/18
11:54 UTC

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What’s a nostalgic piece for you?

This is Eire by Melanie Donahue. This is the very first piece in the program of the first time I played in Regional Band. I feel like this piece jump started my love for Mixolydian Mode and I wish I could have the opportunity to play it again so I can upgrade from 2nd Clarinet to 1st Clarinet.

6 Comments
2024/04/18
02:39 UTC

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Help with higher notes

I have a student who is a sax player trying to learn clarinet. Any tips for his higher notes to not also play the low note at the same time? Ignore the squeak

14 Comments
2024/04/17
20:59 UTC

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Anyone have sheet music for this?

Hey guys, would any of you have copy of Concerto for Clarinets - Fantasia by Alexis Ciesla? Even a picture of the score would be fine!

Or if there is a way to purchase the pdf of it?

Thanks guys

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2024/04/17
19:51 UTC

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Replacement case for my YCL-650?

I have a Yamaha YCL-650. I saw that it's been discontinued and replaced with the YCL-650 II. It came with a hardshell case and a vinyl case with a shoulder strap, handles, and two zippers. The sides of the vinyl case are starting to rub off, the plastic connecting the shoulder strap to the case is starting to break, and the stitch lines on the handles are starting to come undone. I've also started to use the pocket inside of the case for my tuner/metronome and reeds and it hinders how well I pack up. I've seen replacement hardshell cases for the 650, but not vinyl ones. Are there any that would fit well with the 650?

5 Comments
2024/04/17
17:19 UTC

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Writing for the E flat clarinet

How hard/easy is the altissimo range? I tend to write the part like if I was writing a 1st clarinet part. What range should I stick to for high school and college music? Anything else I should keep in mind? Thanks in advance!

6 Comments
2024/04/17
16:09 UTC

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One flat note

I've been playing for about 4 years now and only recently (last Friday) has my horn taken a strong dislike for my throat A. It's about 25 cents flat each and every time I play it. Embrochure, reeds, tuning, reed placements, almost everything and it still sounds painfully awful. My F and G sound extremely fine but my A refuses to be even in a little bit in tune. Is there anything wrong with my instrument or is it me? (Note that I'm in highschool. I'm a sophomore and I'll only have access to my horn in my later classes.)

8 Comments
2024/04/17
13:02 UTC

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how to recover

hello! i usually practice with a neck strap, but around last month i stopped using one because i liked how i heard my tone more. after some long rehearsals (tech week for a musical), my wrist started hurting and i went back to using a neck strap. it’s been three or so weeks but it still hurts when i touch the circled black area and there’s some swelling at the red. how worried should i be? i have an audition in a few days and would like to go without a neck strap. thanks a lot!

18 Comments
2024/04/17
12:05 UTC

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Good german clarinet brands?

Hi, Im learning on a cheap german clarinet now but id like to aim for an improvement in the future. I've seen that buffet crampon is a very recommended brand in the sub but I didnt find any german system clarinets from them so i guess they dont make them. What other brands would you reccomend?

11 Comments
2024/04/17
07:16 UTC

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guys it really is true

Buffet r13 crampon for the win. they truly are one of the best horns for the money. no frills no bullshit.

i tried many clarinets today because i’m taking out a loan to buy a professional clarinet for college. i saw everyone saying the “r13 is the best” and i had doubts. almost everytime anyone says something like that it’s not true.

but alas. the r13 really was the best. so i’m going to buy one and it’s gonna be fire. i’m sorry for everyone i didn’t trust 😭

12 Comments
2024/04/17
03:24 UTC

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Clarinet dealers

Hi so I’m looking to buy a new clarinet and I’m struggling to find some buffets that aren’t going to drain my bank account, is there anywhere I can get new buffets for cheaper than retail piece?(yes u Alr checked my local music shop)

7 Comments
2024/04/17
01:19 UTC

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Tounging Speed

When people say to lighten the tongue what does that really mean? I can tongue 100 bpm but any faster is very hard. In the physical motion of the tongue, what is the difference to get faster? Do i have to pull the tongue back faster? What am i missing here?

4 Comments
2024/04/16
21:15 UTC

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Di Goldene Khasene , klezmer clarinet

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2024/04/16
20:32 UTC

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Clarinet stops making sound on and off

Ok so when I first start playing it works perfectly, but when I take a short break (about 20 min) and then try to play again it won’t make any sound at all and it feels blocked. It slowly starts working again after just blowing air into it long enough, like I have to warm it up again to make a sound. But then I constantly have to play it or it slowly starts being harder to play and eventually completely stops making noise again. This is extremely annoying since it happens every time I play. Important to note that this clarinet is quite new and only about 3 months old. Is there any fix to this or do I need to get it professionally repaired

3 Comments
2024/04/16
20:24 UTC

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Am I supposed to be tonguing this note?

This is the 4th movement to Second Suite in F by Gustav Holst. Sometimes I hear people in my band tongue this note and sometimes they don’t. I’m not sure what the correct way is.

21 Comments
2024/04/16
19:24 UTC

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Are these two decent brands?

Looking for a used inexpensive clarinet and found a reputable seller on FB who has good reviews for other instruments sold

Are any of these good brands to get?

5 Comments
2024/04/16
05:11 UTC

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Bb soprano going to low D?

This is a Bb soprano clarinet part starting out at Cx (double sharp). Just out of curiosity’s sake, are there soprano clarinets in Bb with an extended range? what’s the best approach- make an extension or play an octave higher?

34 Comments
2024/04/16
04:06 UTC

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Why Are All Of My Reeds Terrible?

Heyo! Music Ed student here, struggling to find a good reed for my upcoming recital </3

I seem to find that reeds that sound good & crisp above the staff sound airy in the throat tones/below the staff, and vice versa. Is there some type of science behind this? Can I fix it? The piece I’m playing jumps all over, so I really need something that sounds good across the whole instrument.

I’m currently using Vandoren Blue Box 3’s.

10 Comments
2024/04/16
04:01 UTC

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Advice on how to proceed

Hi all, 24M here picking up the clarinet again. I played from age 9-12 and completed exams (unknown grades). I have included a video of some playing, not commited to memory just sight reading. I have played only a handful of times this past week and did not really touch the instrument since I stopped playing 12 years ago. I am hoping some of my previous skill will return to me over the next few weeks but am after some advice on where to go from here to refine and continue to learn. I am conscious that any bad habits could be getting further ingrained if i am not careful. Thankyou!

5 Comments
2024/04/16
01:07 UTC

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Buffet.

Why did buffet take the bell rings off the Professional level Eb clarinets (-Tosca)? The prestige and R13 Eb used to have the bell rings. They are quite unkept looking without the bell rings. Also, on the prestige model, they moved the RC Prestige emblem higher up. Why?!?!?:(

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2024/04/15
22:42 UTC

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Can someone find me a recording of Joe Henderson's Inner Urge on Clarinet?

I love this tune, but it seems as if no clarinet players have recorded it. I'm thinking about recording tunes that I can't find any clarinet players on, but if someone has a recording they know of, or just themselves please send! Thanks.

0 Comments
2024/04/15
22:36 UTC

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Gimme! gimme! gimme clarinets after midnight 🕺🏼

Won’t somebody help me chasing the flutes away? 🕺🏼

I was bored during my extremely important exams so I took the time to do this haha! I had fun so I hope you’ll have to while listening to it :)

15 Comments
2024/04/15
17:34 UTC

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Getting back into the clarinet. Any tips?

I played clarinet pretty consistently from the age of 10-16. I wouldn’t consider myself especially talented at it, but I had a really good education, which is to say I’m not starting from scratch, but I’m 22 now and it’s been a while since I’ve played. I’ve been teaching myself guitar and music theory for like the last year and I feel like I have a way better grasp of music than I ever did when I was playing clarinet. Any tips for picking it back up?

3 Comments
2024/04/15
14:16 UTC

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Airat Ichmouratov performs with İzmir State Symphony Orchestra

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2024/04/15
13:54 UTC

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Weekly Self-Promotion Thread

Welcome to the space to self-promote to your heart's content. If you're a teacher looking to attract students, a craftsman looking to sell their products, etc., this is the thread for you!

2 Comments
2024/04/15
04:00 UTC

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B flat struggles

My 4th octave B flat sounds incredibly sharp and aired out. I’ve tried lots of general tune and tone fixing tricks but it never fixes that specific note. It’s the only note that I can’t get to come out right. What do I do?

6 Comments
2024/04/15
02:51 UTC

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