...and I can't stand it! Whenever I play notes like C on the staff and above, I get a very bright sound, and I'm more a fan of the darker, rounder sounds. It would help if I practiced more, I know! But is there anything I'm not doing I should be doing, or anything wrong with my mouthpiece, ligature, or clarinet in general, or does it sound more like an embouchure problem? No, i do not take private lessons, and most likely never will, so all i can say is i'm doing the best i can.
A B45 is a quite "open" faced mouthpiece. If your looking for a darker sound, try something else. I recommend a 5RV-Lyre as an awesome all-around mpc. I now play an M13-Lyre profile 88. It's awesome but quite narrow, gets a great sound in all registers on a 3.5 reed on my horn.
Got to vandoren's website, they have a great chart describing their mouthpieces.
well, a big factor i think is that your horn is plastic. Plastic horns put off a much much brighter sound than wooden clarinets. That alone is a big factor. I agree with finding a new reed, if the one you are using is older. And yes B45's are quite bright.
Well, my reeds are brand new. The problem is that I'm ALWAYS bright. Not just now. I'll try getting a better mouthpiece ASAP. I'll just have to deal with my clarinet, I guess. The problem with that there is that I'm trying to get a bassoon for myself (so expensive) and getting both instruments would be a bit of a strain. Not that I intend to give up clarinet, but I don't even own a bassoon, which to continue after high school, I'd need to buy anyway.