A shout-out to all my minions at Decatur Central High School!
Here's a clarinet pick-up line for your personal amusement:
"Your embouchure needs work, mind if I take a closer look?"
Don't ever use that. Really.
Also, here's hoping that none of you run into this problem in the next 3 weeks before I see you again...
After working on a reed and it sounds beautiful, but then it barely plays the next day...
And now some seriousness: In the first 6 seconds of this clip you'll find a piece of my favorite drum corps show of all time: The Cadets from the year 2000 with their show "We Are The Future". Although they took the entire show off of Youtube literally the day before I went to post this (boooooooooo), the opening is the part I wanted you to see: that amazing intake of breath followed by a blow-your-face-off wall of sound! I sentence you all to goosebumps of the cranium!
And here's the crappy high school version of that same Cadets show, featuring gawky-high-school-Kevy at 4:45.
Enjoy, but not too much.
Blogging about reeds? I must be MAD!
.Here are some tools and tips of the clarinet and reed trade for younger players to supplement the musical education received from band directors and music teachers. I've tailored these methods (used by professional clarinet players!) to be accessible and user-friendly for the beginner to intermediate clarinet reed-hater.