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Clarinet Squeaking?

Embarrasing and always when you least expect it?

Even expert clarinettists can suffer a squeak, but rarely. For the experts, the cause is usually the reed. The clarinet reed is only a small piece of special cane and it will eventually wear out and be thrown away.

For we normal mortals, however, incessant squeaks are mainly due to problems of technique and are definitely curable.

It is most likely that you will have been told to "turn your lip back and blow" to make the sound on your clarinet - true?

That advice is guaranteed to cause squeaks and shrieks.

Not until you have been taught to control the reed by placing it in your mouth correctly and how to develop your lip muscles - you will always suffer from squeaks.

This where we come in.

The secret of squeak control is NOT to blow the clarinet and, above all, NEVER - EVER to bite the reed.

It is all in this book.

The Clarinettist's Technique Doctor was written especially to give you all the vitally important techniques of clarinet playing but without waffle or jargon - just in plain english.

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.

(Click on the picture below to see sample pages)

Clarinet Thumb rest problems

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!

What customers say

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

For half the cost of a box of reeds, you will soon be playing better then ever.




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