Play It Again: Clarinet
A bit rusty? Don't be put off. Browse our helpful hints, and watch a video guide to get you started.
Hints and Tips
When fitting the four sections of your clarinet together, be careful not to damage the keys, and make sure you put the mouthpiece on last.
If the fit feels too tight add some cork grease to the cork of each joint – this will make putting your clarinet together and taking it apart much easier.
You'll need a good supply of reeds. If you haven’t played for a while it’s probably best to start with a medium strength reed - good makes include Rico, Vandoren and Mitchell Lurie
Remember to dampen your reed before you start playing.
It will take a while before you begin to build up your embouchure again - these are the muscles around your lips, which you use to apply pressure to the reed.
To form your embouchure, pull the lower lip over the lower teeth - you can practice this in from of the mirror! Also, try practicing using just the mouthpiece barrel.
Practise little and often at first. Don’t get dizzy from too much blowing, and also remember the clarinet is quite a heavy instrument so don’t overdo things.
When practising, make sure you're sitting or standing comfortably, with a natural head position – and don’t let tension creep in …