Doubling reed tip from Lawrie Bloom

September 22, 2009

Lawrie Bloom, solo bass clarinetist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, starts this video talking about his reed break-in process, but spends some time toward the end (start at about 2:45 to cut to the chase) talking about his strategy for doubling clarinet and bass clarinet in a symphonic setting.

Mr. Bloom recommends using slightly softer reeds than usual to compensate for the fact that the reeds will be somewhat drier than optimal, and using a mouthpiece cap whenever possible.

This is one of a large number of videos produced by Rico Reeds, featuring their endorsing artists. Check out the videos on YouTube or on Rico’s video site, The Stage.

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