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My sound is very bright...    01:16 on Sunday, November 26, 2006 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

AJ9090
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...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.

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Re: My sound is very bright...    10:45 on Sunday, November 26, 2006 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

YourAverageBoy
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Try getting a thicker mouth piece. The thicker they are they tend t ob emore darker...as long as you can handle the # that is.

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Re: My sound is very bright...    08:23 on Tuesday, November 28, 2006 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

AJ9090
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thicker mouthpiece? how can you tell how thick the mouthpiece is? Currenlty i play on a Vandoren B45.

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Re: My sound is very bright...    10:07 on Tuesday, November 28, 2006 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

wamcmw
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it could be that you have a very soft reed. Also, what kind of clarinet do you play on? and what ligature are you using, these all could be factors.

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Re: My sound is very bright...    19:51 on Tuesday, November 28, 2006 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

AJ9090
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Clarinet-Selmer CL300 Plastic
Ligature-Rovner (not sure which one)
Reed-Vandoren v12 Size 3 or 3.5
Mouthpiece-Vandoren B45

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Re: My sound is very bright...    20:41 on Tuesday, November 28, 2006 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

eelin
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how long have you used your current reed? Reeds can wear thin, so instead of a size 3 reed sound quality you might get a size 2.5 sound quality. Just an observation.

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Re: My sound is very bright...    21:07 on Tuesday, November 28, 2006 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

Hump
(217 points)

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.

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Re: My sound is very bright...    22:18 on Tuesday, November 28, 2006 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

wamcmw
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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.

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Re: My sound is very bright...    18:02 on Wednesday, November 29, 2006 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

AJ9090
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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.

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Re: My sound is very bright...    21:50 on Friday, December 01, 2006 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

Hump
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most universities have school-owned bassoons, if you plan on playing after high school...

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Re: My sound is very bright...    19:16 on Monday, December 04, 2006 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

vintagesweetii
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you know when you play instead of just playing use warm air... like foging up a window! (Band teacher taught us that)

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Re: My sound is very bright...    23:02 on Monday, December 04, 2006 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

AJ9090
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yeah...i never quite got that concept. i've always been told to blow warm air through my clarinet on those cold nights outside...

   

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