Blowing Through the Clarinet

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Professional wood-wind performer and instructor Ariana Lamon-Anderson demonstrates how to blow through the clarinet.

    Ariana Lamen-Anderson

    Ariana Lamon-Anderson is a professional clarinetist and pedagogue. Her performances include solo, band and orchestral throughout the US. Ms. Anderson’s teaching experience include classical, jazz, and popular with children and adults of all ages, including children with special needs. She is on the faculty at the International School of Music (ISM)in Bethesda, where she teaches clarinet to all ages, levels, and styles. With a distinguished faculty of 55 teachers, ISM provides students with a rich music education experience. The ISM faculty’s friendly personalities, insightful approaches, and individually tailored teaching methods have helped students become complete and versatile musicians. ISM provides an atmosphere that is warm and supportive so every student can achieve his/her best.

    Ariana Lamon- Anderson: Hi, I am Ariana, wood-wind performer and instructor. Today I am showing you the clarinet basics. Now I would like to show you correct embouchure and how to blow through the instrument.

    On one of the previous clips, I showed you how to sit and how to hold it and how to start to put the instrument in your mouth. Now, I would like to elaborate.

    When the instrument comes into your mouth at the proper angle, you need to anchor your top teeth onto the mouth piece, if they are floating, the tone production will not happen correctly.

    You tuck teeth on there, and I also showed you, curl your lower lip over your bottom teeth, but youll feel like that your bottom teeth are under the fleshy part of your lip. And you want to point your chin towards the ground so your chin is flat. Good embouchure and then there is bad embouchure, just crinkled, avoid that, very good to practice this in a mirror. So, once its in, you want to think ooo, so the corners of your mouth are also supporting around the mouth piece.

    Next, we use proper breathing, so, breathing all the way in to the lower part of your lungs expanding your diaphragm, and blowing, and then you breathe in, see and blow, see what note comes out.

    For, I would advice starting off with no fingers just have it resting on your thumb, once you can do that three times in a row, lets go to the next clip, and I will start showing you how to play some notes.