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Clarinet Squeaking?

Dreadfully embarrasing and always when you least expect it.

Why does your clarinet keep squealing? Because you have not been taught how to control the reed.

You were told to "turn your lip back and blow" to make the sound? Yes?

Guaranteed to cause squeaks, squawks and shrieks. Why?

Because you need to know how to control the reed by placing it in your mouth correctly, and then to develop your lip muscles.

This book, the Clarinettist's Technique Doctor was written especially to show you how NOT to blow the clarinet and, above all, NEVER - EVER to bite the reed.

Yes, the secret IS in this book - you'll have to buy it - but it's cheaper than you think - and worth its weight in gold.

Look at the problem list below and see how many apply to you.


1. My right thumb and lower arm hurt after I have been playing for a while.

Clarinet Thumb rest problems

(Click on the picture to see sample pages)

As you can see, the text is clear and concise.

2.There is a distinct hiss when I play

3. I cannot get the notes to play softly - they just vanish into a hiss.

4. Often I cannot get a sound when I play bottom G, F, E, or clarion D, C, or B

5. I cannot get notes above top space G - they simply squawk downwards

6. I put the mouthpiece in the correct position, but all I get is squeals

7. I have trouble crossing the break smoothly.

8. The notes above clarion G are flat and difficult to get

9. I can get top notes only if I use very hard reeds

10. I get squeals when I try to tongue a note

11. My cheeks puff uncontrollably and I get a sore throat after playing the clarinet

12. How do I play loudly or softly without changing my lip pressure?

We explain clearly and simply:

how to form and develop a good clarinet embouchure;

how to do legato and staccato tonguing;

how to select a reed, and how to choose a suitable mouthpiece.

Whether you are a beginner or an old hand, the Clarinetist's Technique Doctor will cure your clarinet ills.

The authors, Peter Moore and Dr Sandra Downing have both been victims of poor teaching and fully understand how to overcome faults.

Follow their advice and your playing will come alive!

George Seamans was the clarinet tutor of Santaluces High School Band in Florida. He used our Clarinettist's Technique Doctor - which comes free with this book - to help his students. Here is his email to us:

Dear Peter,

I am amazed at the fact that I can play the high register so easily. You are so correct in your method.

So that you understand: - I have been instructing high school students with no private instruction and very limited ability so that it was necessary to un-teach their habits while at the same time guiding them with your method. It has been successful in that they have grasped the concept with a few exceptions.

When they experience the ease of attaining high notes it should erase any doubts in their minds as to applying your approach with a more concentrated effort.

A friend of the band director teaches in a private elementary school and has asked me to work with his clarinet students. It will be a mixture of new and one year students........

With sincere thanks.


Clarinet Technique Doctor

Click on book to go to buy it. Why?

Because, for half the cost of a box of reeds, you will soon be playing better than you ever thought possible.



Who says so? Customers like this.....

Dear Mr. Moore, I play the clarinet just for fun and personal satisfaction.........


To get even more from your clarinet, see the Clarinet Advanced Technique Doctor - more technique problems solved.Advanced Technique Doctor 


More than 22,000 Dr Downing Clarinet Doctor books sold to date. 


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