Posts tagged “voicing”

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.

March 10, 2015

Handout: woodwind voicing

I have written about voicing here before. I find it to be one of the most neglected topics in woodwind teaching, and when it is taught, is is often taught without a lot of clarity. This is a shame because voicing is crucial to good tone production, affecting response, tone, and intonation.

February 11, 2015

Voicing: stable vs. flexible

There seems to be some debate about voicing: is it something static, or something that changes from note to note? I find that the answer is, sort of, both.

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. ...

February 5, 2012

Balancing voicing and breath support

My oboe students frequently have this problem: These notes don’t respond well These notes are sharp and thin-sounding (Okay, sometimes I also have this problem.) The solution, in most cases, is quite simple. Step 1: Use the correct voicing. For oboe it should be low and open, like blowing very warm air. This is usually ...

May 26, 2010

Voicing, part II

I wrote earlier this month about voicing. The topic seems to keep coming up—I ran across one of Tom Ridenour’s fine videos about the subject, and clarinetist Adam Berkowitz wrote about it on his blog today. Adam uses whistling to explain voicing, which I had mentioned in my article and which I agree works very ...

May 12, 2010

What is voicing?

I’d like to address the term “voicing,” which I think is often misunderstood. Here’s my best definition: Voicing refers to the relative size of the oral cavity, which can change depending on the position of the back of the tongue. There are a number of other terms that are used to describe this same concept ...
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