One of the fastest ways I know to improve and unify the tone quality of a clarinet section is to remember the wisdom found in a very, very, very old saying. Though the wording gives away the fact that it was from a distant time, it is nonetheless as applicable and helpful today as it was then. Your students will surely think it is really “dorky,” but you won’t think so when you hear how terrific your clarinetists sound! Ready, set, here it comes: “For a clarinet tone that pleases, make sure the bell is between your kneeses.” I warned you! But I have found that those goofy words are so silly and ridiculous sounding that my students remember them!!
Peter Loel Boonshaft, Director of Education
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