Month: December 2009

Keeping a stiff lower lip

Lip pushups anyone? During my deeper explorations of clarinet playing, I stumble upon tiny techniques which have huge effects on playing. One of these is the importance of a firmly supported lower lip. (The upper lip has a different function,…

Music Teaching and Practice Blogs

Two new blogs to check out- The Musician’s Way blog by Gerald Klickstein, Guitarist, author, educator, Professor of Music at University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He blogs about the helpful topics from his book, The Musician’s Way:…

Finalists of Toney Grail

Here are the two finalists of Toney Grail mouthpiece tests, Lelandais and Hawkins R, played on A clarinet. These clips are recorded in a larger room, which has some natural acoustic, unlike my tiny and dead practice room where the…

Tweets Dec 16-21, 2009

If you think you are a great musician, or think you suck, both ways mess up your ability to progress. Some of your best practicing is when you are not trying to accomplish anything. Getting your head on right before…

Toney Grail Mouthpiece Tests

Results of votes and identity of mouthpieces- The votes are number of mentions by commenters. Very unscientific. 1- Behn Vintage D – 3 votes 2- Antique Lelandais Chedeville – 9 votes 3- Old Portnoy refaced by a friend – 1…

Arabesques, by Paul Jeanjean

Arabesque- a curly, ornate, geometrical pattern, sometimes flowery; a ballet pose of ornate grace. A well chosen title, if not particularly original, for Paul Jeanjean’s little ditty, and one of the more popular clarinet solos of all the literature. I…

Bad Air Day

Every once in awhile I just have a bad air day! Today nothing seemed easy, even breathing. I could have been playing a hollowed out carrot for all the control I had over playing clarinet. But I wanted to respond…