Joshua!
Clarinettiste Canadien au Conservatoire de musique de Montréal. Over-enthusiastic about cookies, Brahms and warm weather.

 

Sometimes I forget that reeds are inanimate objects and not actually little demons trying to ruin my life.

I was thinking the other day about how musicians are so resilient and perseverant, but then I remembered that one time it rained and my practicing was a wreck for a week. 
nevermind

Stupid Weather..

All of my reeds are sooooo soft now. This is inconvenient :p

Ughhh.

Do any clarinet players have solutions for really sore lips?
I literally have no idea why mine are so bad. I practiced 4 hours a day on top of rehearsals during the school year and they were usually a bit sore..but in July I worked so it was only between 2-3 hours a day of practice, and only an hour at a time at most without a break.

I’ve sometimes been using salt water which helps to some extent, but it’s becoming hindering to my playing and I can’t practice because my lips will be too sore.
Any ideas or does anyone have the same problem?

And no, I’m not biting really hard ;) don’t worry. 

Clarinet Things :3

I don’t think you all understand how excited I am about getting a new mouthpiece and possibly changing reeds. 

I think I’m switching out my B40lyre mouthpiece (that was refaced by Joaquin apparently) for a new M13lyre. It has a fuller sound and will be a lot better for solo stuff, and I think it has a lot of potential to improve my tone. The sound isn’t quite as delicate, but it is more consistent. :)

And I think I might actually switch over to Rico Classic reeds.. I got a bunch from the Brandon University Clarinet Festival and my teacher is a Rico Artist and says she prefers Rico’s a lot. And it’s summer, why not try and switch it up, because I don’t have a lot of playing commitment. :) Sounds funzies.

#clarinetlife  

You know what would be so cool?

If clarinet reeds didn’t suck ass.

Or if I didn’t suck..

whichever, I’m not picky.  

All of my reeds smell like sea sponge.

..because that was the only kind of sponge we had in the house that I could humidify them with.
My mum had it because she was sponge painting.

WEIRDEST FAMILY EVER.