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Offline Tapio Dimitriyevich Shostakovich

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Hi guys,

I did not yet make any research. Well, I have a Bb clarinet from Yamaha, and I always found its sounds are more on the shrill side. Or let me call it "bright". I am super jealous when I hear e.g. a beautiful sound like here. Or the sound of an Oboe. It's more pleasing. If I'd play what she plays at 2:10, it is way more painful for the ear.

Without me providing audio examples of my playing; where should I start researching when aiming for warmer sound, from your experience? The technique is of course something to improve, the higher C/#(''?) and D'' are not easy to do yet. But still. Is it the clarinet? Reed? Mouthpiece? I have no stuff to compare. And I'd say whatever reeds I used, it is rather shrill. My clarinet teacher once said the Yamahas are said to be rather "harsh".

If we talked in audio production terms, I'd guess my clarinet needs a lowpass/hi-cut filter, i.e. filter out some upper spectrum. Bringing me to an idea... Maybe I should do a spectrum analysis.
It is also possible that to me it sounds bright, because as a player you hear all those small noises, but at distance it is not as bad...

Thx for input and best regards
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Offline david johnson

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What mouthpiece and reed brand/strength are you using?  What is your reed placement in relation to the mouthpiece tip?  W/O hearing you, I urge you to put a little less mouthpiece into the mouth and form the oral cavity into an 'oooo' shape as you blow into the instrument.   Also, push up against your top teeth and keep the lower lip firm. Yamaha equipment is usually pretty good.

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Mouthpiece is original Yamaha, reed is a Steuer 3.0, well, reed always leaves a small gap, kind of sweet spot between where it easily sqeaks on the one side and where you cannot form a sound when the reed exceeds the mouthpiece. Yes, "ooo" is a thing. Definitely I often put too much pressure on it, it's hard getting the higher notes sound with a more relaxed "ooo" but still keeping control :) Will ask my clarinet teacher after the easter holidays to create the warmest possible sounds on my clarinet... and I will see...

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Mouthpiece is original Yamaha [...]

Offhand, I suspect this is a large part of the problem.
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