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Re: Clarinet flat
Posted by Clarinet BD on 10/31/2018, 8:40 am, in reply to "Clarinet flat
Ok, first it is October. Be patient. Its great you want your students to play in tune, but its October and they are beginners. Clarinet takes A LOT of time to master and learn. If the clarinet is pushed all the way in and they are still playing flat then its a mouth issue. Be sure the students are arching their tongue (say "eee") and they are pushing up with the right thumb against the teeth. This will put pressure against the top teeth and raise the pitch. Best of luck
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?