Over time, as you play your clarinet, the mechanisms will shift slightly due to use. This is normal, but it can cause problems as you continue to play, particularly if something shifts far enough that it creates an air leak. When leaks happen, we tend to squeak or a note simply won’t come out at all, especially in the fundamental register (lower notes of the clarinet, without the register key). Thankfully, these small misalignments of keys, screws, etc. are fixable, often with minimal tools and materials. There are cases, however, where you’re likely to do more damage trying to fix something yourself and you should take it to a reputable repair person.
The clarinet is an instrument that is solely based on breathing and air blowing and from your first day in clarinet playing you will working be on airflow, tongue position and articulation. This is something that students of all levels and professional musicians alike practice every day because it is one of the fundamental elements of clarinet playing. Moreover, we need to understand how the clarinet sound is being produced and what are the best practices to do so.
The flute is one of the smallest instruments of the woodwind family, and like any instrument requires care and maintenance. Even though many musicians take the proper measures necessary to keep their instruments in good shape, sometimes accidents happen, as well as regular wear and tear, that do require a visit to the repair technician. It is important to teach care and maintenance to young students so that they can develop good habits early on that can prevent frequent trips to the repair shop. Check out this week’s tips on how to maintain and care for your flute.
As a musician, why is that we spend most of our time taking lessons, practicing and rehearsing but learn very little about the mechanical aspects of our instrument? We play perfectly, or aspire to, but what would we do if a pad fell out on stage before a concert? Can you take your flute apart […]
When you start your adventure with clarinet, you probably wonder what is better: renting or buying the instrument? At many music stores, you will find various clarinet models at different prices. The range of choices and costs available today can make this decision very difficult. This week, we will discuss the pros and cons of either buying or renting your own instrument.
The clarinet family is very large. Clarinets of many sizes are used in band, orchestra, and as a solo instrument. The family can be broken down into four broad main categories- soprano, alto, bass, and contrabass. The B♭ soprano is the standard clarinet. The orchestra also frequently uses the A soprano clarinet. E♭ sopranino and B♭ bass clarinets are the next most common.
The single reed musical family is comprised of musical instruments that in order to produce sound use a single piece of processed cane called the ‘reed’. The two most common instruments of this group are the clarinet and the saxophone. In many cases, there are many performers that can play both instruments, so one can think that these two are very similar between them. Is this true, though? What are the actual similarities and differences between them?
Flutes are one of the smallest instruments in the woodwind family and like every instrument eventually need repairs due to daily use. There are many music stores that offer general instrument repairs, but few that offer professional repair services. This guide will discuss what it takes to overhaul flutes, their costs, and information about our repair courses.
You’re probably wondering what the similarities and differences between the flute and clarinet? The most obvious one is that the flute is smaller than the clarinet! Even though the flute and clarinet both belong to the woodwind family, they have a lot of differences. Read more about this week’s blog post about how the flute and clarinet are different from one another?
Many of us start playing clarinet or saxophone, realize we enjoy it, and keep doing it—which means we use our instruments quite regularly. They are mechanical machines, and their parts will wear over time; inevitably, some kind of repair is eventually needed. Rather than having to find a reputable repair shop that has the time to work on your instrument, why not pursue some training in basic clarinet and/or saxophone repair?