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Clarinettist's Technique Doctor

Trying to blow the clarinet? The reed slams shut doesn't it?

And the sound you get? Rough and unmusical?

Don't blow - use your LIPS not your LUNGS!

It's all in this wee book.

What customers say - Dear Mr. Moore, I play the clarinet just for fun and personal satisfaction.........

Clarinet Technique Doctor

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?

Find the answers in the Clarinet Technique Doctor

We explain clearly and simply how to:

Form and develop a good clarinet embouchure;

how to play legato and staccato tonguing correctly;

how to select a reed and advice on choosing a suitable mouthpiece.

Whether you are a beginner or an old hand, you will find this book essential in giving you a good clarinet technique.

We, the authors, Peter Moore and Dr Sandra Downing have both been victims of the very poor teaching which pervades the internet - and in most so-called "Tutor Books". We know the problems of overcoming faults - because we both had to do it ourselves before we could play easily and fluently.

Follow our advice - do what we do - and we promise that you will ENJOY your playing a lot more.

Clarinet Technique DoctorWhat's your time worth to you?

Priceless isn't it? So why waste it?

Enjoy your clarinet - click the book to buy it.

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

Professional Clarinet Fingering ChartYou want altissimo fingering?  Fingering for crossing the break with ease?

See our Professional Clarinet Fingering Chart.


Click the book to be a better clarinettist.

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

George Seamans was the clarinet tutor of Santaluces High School Band in Florida. He used our Clarinettist's Technique Doctor 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.


Hi Peter, 

I know it has been an enormous amount of time since you taught me the clarinet (almost 14 years ago!) – whether or not you remember is another question entirely! You must have seen numerous students in the mean-time alongside your publishing company and other work.

 I don’t think I really appreciated all that you gave me (wealth of knowledge and a unique teaching approach) when you were teaching me at the time. I was too young and inexperienced to comprehend. You were without doubt the best and probably most influential teacher I have ever had, even just over those short two years. I had numerous teachers after (Clarinet, Piano and Organ) throughout my time at Chetham’s, The Royal Northern and Manchester University that couldn’t even begin to live up to your ability. 
I just wanted to say - thank you. 

Best wishes,

Jason Hawkins MusB(Hons) DipHE(RNCM) LRSM


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