Playing Notes and Tonguing on the Clarinet

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Professional wood-wind performer and instructor Ariana Lamon-Anderson demonstrates how to tongue on 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.

    Hi, I am Ariana, wood-wind performer and instructor. Today I am showing you the clarinet basics and now I would like to show you how to play your first few notes. We have learnt how to sit properly, how to breathe properly and how to do our embouchures properly. Now, I would like to show you first notes. The first note I would like to show you is an E located at the bottom of the staff. Our fingering is going to be with your left hand on top, your thumb covers the back hole on the clarinet and your first finger covers the first hole in front. And its going to sound like this. our next note located directly under the E on the staff is a D, the way you finger that is again, your thumb on the back hole, first finger on the first hole and your second finger on the second hole. It sounds like this. And now last note we are going to learn today is C and thats located below the D on the staff. Again, thumb on the back hole, first finger on the first hole, second finger on the second hole and we are going to add your ring finger on the third hole. So it sounds like this. And now I would like to show you how to do tongue and tongue placement in general. First of, when blowing through the clarinet, once your embouchure is correct, you want to be focusing on what the inside of your mouth is doing.

    The main thing is you want to be directing the airflow correctly into the instrument; we can do this by arching the back of your tongue. Couple of ways to figure out if you are doing this right, as if you are saying e or is it you are hissing like a cat or also another way is that the back of your tongue feels like its touching the back your back molars.

    Now with that your throat to be open, so, all the air possible can be coming up, and being directed with the back of your tongue. The front of your tongue, you want to be resting low in the mouth. Now to separate notes, we are going to use the front of your tongue namely the tip, to touch upon the reed to stop the vibrations which is creating sound. So, you want tip of the tongue to the tip of the reed. Now, it sounds like this. And again tongue up and back, tip of the tongue here, tip of the reed here in very controlled motions. Now, that we know how to tongue and now that we know how to play some notes, I would like to show you how to play Hot Cross Buns.