ClariNotes Issue #11

ClariNotes Issue #11


The single most important piece of equipment you should upgrade, which will give you the most noticeable improvement in tone, intonation, and resonance is not your clarinet, but instead the mouthpiece. The mouthpiece, reed, ligature, and barrel, have the greatest effect on how you sound and how you feel as a player. The mouthpiece and ligature that come with a clarinet when you buy a new instrument, even professional-quality instruments, are merely basic and beginner in quality. There are hundreds of types of mouthpieces and ligatures on the market. Clarinetists are always interested in what is new and innovative in the world of mouthpieces. The above models are what have worked for me and would be a good place to start. Make it a habit in your clarinet life to try new equipment as you strive for your perfect sound.I have added another issue to my [ClariNotes Newsletter]( outlining some equipment choices to consider.

Clarinet Resources

I have finally gotten around to creating a Clarinet Resource for my website. I have chosen to add pages for the following categories:

  • Repertoire
  • Pedagogy
  • Performers
  • Retail Stores

My intention for this part of my website is that it will turn into a regular destination for clarinet students, performers, teachers, and enthusiasts. Along with the above topics, my ClariNotes Newsletter is featured on its own page and will be updated over time.

The Repertoire section includes research from my dissertation, which created a database of teaching pieces. My dissertation project included the creation of a piece of software, which has since become outdated. My intention is to include the resources from my dissertation in this new page focused on repertoire.

The Pedagogy section is in the form of a blog and will include posts about events at the university, articles about teaching, and links to places around the internet for those interested in teaching and learning about the clarinet.

The Performers page features current and past clarinet artists with links to places to listen to their works.

The Retail Stores section includes my favorite locations for purchasing sheet music, instruments, reeds, mouthpieces, and for clarinet repair.

My intent is to update this content regular. Please comment below with ideas for other content to add to these resources.