Posts tagged “embouchure”

May 13, 2017

Quick flute switches and embouchure problems for woodwind doublers

photo, SheriLots of woodwind doubler horror stories have to do with quick switches to flute or piccolo. (“Twenty minutes of hard-driving R&B tenor saxophone, then two bars to switch to flute and enter pianissimo in the third octave…”) Doublers in this situation often beat themselves up about perceived deficiencies in their flute embouchures, and commit to ...

May 17, 2016

Please stop telling your clarinet students to tighten their embouchures

Good clarinet playing requires a high voicing. That's why your clarinet section is flat and tubby-sounding.

October 17, 2015

The double reeds and “uneven” embouchures

Well-formed oboe and bassoon embouchures require attention to angle and overbite (respectively) to produce the best sounds with the least effort.

September 24, 2015

Woodwind dynamics and the embouchure

There's a lot of confusion about how different dynamic levels are produced on woodwind instruments. How do you think it's done? If you said something like "blow harder or softer," you are asking for trouble.

May 18, 2015

Clarinet and saxophone embouchures and the “chin”

The chin is much-discussed in clarinet pedagogy. Keith Stein suggests a “stretching” of the chin, making it feel “long and pointed” and “rather hard.” David Pino, a student of Stein’s, echoes this. Jane Ellsworth describes a chin that is “drawn downward” (while the jaw provides a “controlled” “upward pressure.” Michele Gingras advocates a “flat” chin. ...

March 8, 2014

Misconceptions about saxophone-to-clarinet doubling

If you expect to play the clarinet decently well, you're going to have to do all the same things you did to play the saxophone decently well: obtain good quality equipment, seek out quality instruction, practice regularly and well, and listen to lots of fine playing.

January 16, 2013

Clarinet/saxophone doubling and “loose” and “tight” embouchures

I have been watching with dismay some recent online message board conversations about clarinetists picking up the saxophone and saxophonists picking up the clarinet. I am of course a big supporter of doubling, but much of the discussion seems to center around embouchure, and the language used is not only misleading but also vaguely pejorative. ...

November 30, 2012

Changing octaves on the flute: a survey of published opinions

On the flute, there are several notes that have identical fingerings: each note from bottom-line E through third-space C-sharp has exactly the same fingering as the note an octave higher. Obviously, some factor other than fingerings must account for the octaves, but flutists as a group seem to be unclear on what it is. I ...

July 15, 2008

Larry Krantz on not doubling

If you’re not familiar with the Larry Krantz Flute Pages, you need to surf right on over and spend a few hours. Mr. Krantz has been building a major hub for web-connected flutists since back before many of us knew about the Internet. His site is a positively huge repository of flute-related wisdom, including contributed ...
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