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Re: Clarinet flat
Posted by Clarinetti on 10/30/2018, 1:31 pm, in reply to "Clarinet flat
Tongue needs to be high in the mouth as if seeing "eee" or hissing and sides of tongue should be touching back teeth. Try having your student "hiss" to find the correct tongue position before using mouthpiece. Also make sure she has her embouchure correct-flat chin, corners of the mouth tucked in, etc.
One of my beginner clarinets plays consistently flat. She is sitting up, the reed is correct, her mouthpiece is good, clarinet is put together correctly. Mouth is pretty close, but not quite as firm as I would like. The tongue sounds funny. I ask how much of the tongue she uses and she says very little. Placement of the tongue is toward the tip of the reed on the underside. The concert Bb is close, but the concert F,Eb,D, and C are flat. Suggestions?