Gold Ligature?

Gold Ligature?    22:04 on Saturday, December 30, 2006          

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Posted by ha-nul

Hi, I don't play the clarinet, but I was wondering about the clarinet ligature. My friend was bragging to me one day about having a gold ligature on her clarinet (she kind of stinks at clarinet too, which is sad). What does a gold ligature do? How do ligatures affect the clarinet? How does a leather ligature compare to a gold one?

Re: Gold Ligature?    13:11 on Sunday, December 31, 2006          

(62 points)
Posted by Band_Hault

Hey Ha-nul,

Well to begin with, you really can't play the clarinet with a ligature because it secures the reed onto the mouthpeice while letting the top part somewhat loose. This causes the vibration aka the sound.

There's is a difference in sound depending on the material, brand, ect. Like brass ligatures are said to produce a deeper tone. Most don't seem to like plain brass ones though.

This question can be related to, "What do mutes do? What's the difference between a strait mute and a cup mute?"


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