Tips for buying clarinet mouthpieces

Jan 19,2019


For professional clarinet players, perhaps the handmade mouthpiece is the most important part of the instrument.Therefore, the process of selecting a mouthpiece should not be underestimated.I hope the content listed below will help you find the perfect mouthpiece for you.Generally speaking, there are two issues that should be considered when choosing a mouthpiece: the feeling and sound quality of playing.  

  1. The feeling of playing: The feeling of playing should take into account the air resistance, the pressure on the lower lip, or the sensitivity of the resistance and pronunciation.It is easy to judge the air resistance clearly. We have to tell if we are holding our breath or too smoothly during the performance, because the mouthpiece with too smooth pronunciation is prone to transposition.On this issue, it is necessary to consider whether to replace the softer or harder whistle to achieve a balanced state of performance.You know, proper air resistance will bring us better musical expressiveness, and ease and sensitivity are the most ideal feeling of playing.The pressure on the lower teeth at the lips is often ignored by us, but it is very important.It directly affects our performance timbre and judgment of timbre.Musicians often try to obtain a certain tone by changing the whistle. The amount of pressure on the lips is related to whether the tone is concentrated.When choosing a mouthpiece, we should prepare some commonly used and familiar whistles.For example, different types of whistles are suitable for higher pressure and lower pressure.The key is that we have to choose a mouthpiece that can adapt to the performance venue.Therefore, it is necessary to choose a mouth that has both the appropriate pressure and can ensure the smooth flow of breath.Regarding the sensitivity of pronunciation, this is actually a “by-product” derived from the above two indicators.Every player has different needs for sensitivity, but in any case, it is necessary to ensure the shortness of the spitting and the stability of the longer passages.A qualified mouthpiece should be stable and reliable in sensitivity, and easy and natural.

2. Sound quality: In the judgment of sound quality, instrumental music lovers should judge from a neutral perspective.Trust your first feeling, such as: the shape, volume, color, adaptability, resonance and overtones of the tone, as well as pitch.Although this is more abstract, it is not difficult to understand.Pitch-This is a very important issue. The mouthpiece we choose should not have any damage to the pitch.Shape-this can be described in countless words: Robert Marcellus often talks about “a pear-shaped tone”"Others often use words such as round, full and rich, or clear and soft to describe their voices.Our goal in choosing a mouthpiece is: to find a mouth that is easiest to achieve the desired tone.Volume-The volume of sound is not the size of the sound we imagine.Can we relax and make a loud or soft sound?Although the volume of sound and the size of sound are different concepts, they do affect each other.The sound should be flowing. We often need to play with strength, but we should be able to play softly, which means we need an adaptable sound.We have to see if this mouthpiece can play both strong and weak sounds easily.Color-The color of sound is a more difficult entity to describe.From a musical point of view, we need the sound of art, not noise.Musicians use changes in tone, just like painters use color palettes in their hands, which should be handy.The mouthpiece we choose should have an inherent timbre, and it allows us to express many changes in sound and art at will.Adaptability-We will show different timbres for different music styles, so we have to find the most adaptable mouthpiece as much as possible. For example, I am going to play chamber music this week and symphony next week.Our mouthpiece should be able to adapt to these changes in tone style.Resonance-Resonance is an important part of timbre evaluation. Some people like soft or even dull sounds, while others prefer bright and brilliant sounds.We want to make this mouthpiece play its original timbre. Think about whether its timbre characteristics are what we want. Does it tend to be soft and dull or bright and sharp? A pure overtone sound should be full of overtones from the highest tone to the lowest tone, which feels like flowing gold.The rich overtone tone is the tone we want.The personality of the tone is the sum of all of our above content.Can this tone encourage your performance?Can this tone help you reach a higher artistic level?

Summary: Choosing a mouthpiece is not a simple matter. What we need is a mouthpiece that can easily get the tone performance we want without effort.This is like everyone has their own personality and should not be ignored.

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