Re: Beginner Clarinet Reed Strength
Posted by Count Bubba on 7/28/2022, 11:43 am, in reply to "Re: Beginner Clarinet Reed Strength"
I started playing on 3's on Saxophone in 6th grade and I couldn't make a sound. It was incredibly frustrating and at that stage only promoted biting and a tight embouchure. I really believe that was too hard a reed to start out on and I don't want my students experiencing that. |
I guess it depends on what mouthpiece you start them on. I still prefer a 5RV to an M13 and going by the Vandoren recommendedation chart, a 5RV should use around a 1/2 strength softer. (5RV is 3-4 traditional, M13 is 3.5-4).
So I start them on some Rico 2.5's (I buy and hand them out, they don't buy it) just to start on so they can just focus on forming an embouchure without a need to bite or clamp down. And if they chip it learning to put it on the mouthpiece, it's no big deal. Then we move to Vandoren 2.5's (that they've bought) and I monitor them. When it sounds like they're ready to move up or the 2.5 is sounding too soft I will give them a 3 to try and if they sound good then I'll trade them 3's for whatever 2.5's they have left and have them buy that from then on.