Well I have been having problems with C2 ,or long C as I've heard it called, ever since I took up the clarinet. Most of the time when I went from a low register note to C2 I would usually squeek or the note just wouldn't pop out. For the life of me I could never figure out what the problem was. Took the clarinet to the tech and he could find nothing nothing wrong with the instrument. finally after taking a real close look at my finger position when finging for the C2, I noticed the rubber thumb rest that has been on my clarinet since I bought it. I then realized that the thumb rest was positioning my thumb so far off the thumb rest that my right index finger didn't quite cover the hole when fingering for C2. I removed the thumb rest and I think that cured about 90% of the problem.
Re: darn thumb rests 09:18 on Thursday, January 18, 2007
i'm not sure what note you mean by c2.. the c in the staff, below, or above?
anyway, cut up rubber pencil grips make nice thumbrests. durrring marching band my freshman year, a girl got a pack of them, cut them up, and gave them out to us all. it was excellent, because if (when) they inevitably fell off, she had a bajillion more. plus, people with the same model clarinet could use different colored rests to differentiate easily.
Re: darn thumb rests 19:24 on Thursday, February 22, 2007
You can also use about an inch of surgical tubing. You can buy it at any medical supply shop. Make sure you get the stuff that's a quarter inch thick. The advantage of this set-up is that is allows you to slide your thumb further to the left, while maintaining stability.