Author: David H. Thomas

Classical musician, Clarinetist, Chamber Musicians, Soloist, Teacher, Principal clarinet of the Columbus Symphony in Ohio.

Introducing the new Légère European Signature reeds

For the past week, I’ve played these new Légère European Signature clarinet reeds in several different rehearsals and performances, including an opera, a solo recital and a chamber music recital. I can say, without hesitation, that they are by far…

Chedeville Clarinet Barrels review

I’ve been playing on Chedeville hard rubber clarinet barrels for several years now, and I love them. Which is saying a lot, since I have a collection of beautiful wood barrels from Buffet (Moennig and Chadash), from Backun (MoBa, Fatboy),…

Légère clarinet Reeds after 6 years experience

Légere reeds have made playing the clarinet more enjoyable, and much less stressful.

I can now trust the reed to be there for difficult attacks, to be responsive for articulation, to be easily tuned with reed pressure, when needed.

Video: Paul Jeanjean Clarinet Etude #1 from Book of 18, with new Accompaniment by Joseph Hallman

For the past several years, the clarinet works of composer Paul Jeanjean have been featured often in my posts, most notably his famous book of 18 Études de Perfectionnement, a collection of advanced and somewhat modern (in the 1920s) studies…

The destructive power of impatience

A path to peak performance requires a clear map of our goals. It also requires knowledge and understanding of the best methods to reach them. The destructive power of impatience cannot be underestimated in the process of attaining goals. Yet…

Sight wins over sound in the judgment of music performance

Sight over sound in the judgment of music performance. This blows my mind. This research says that sight is MORE important than sound in how people judge musical performance. People picked winners by seeing ONLY how they looked when playing.…