Correct embouchure is EXTREMELY important for getting a good sound on any instrument, but the clarinet is particularly difficult. One of the pitfalls that young clarinetists fall into is thinking that they are right simply because they can get a sound out and play a bunch of notes (or across the break). This is FALSE, and explains why students often don’t learn the correct mouth shape for clarinet playing. Unlike a brass player, who CANNOT access the full range of their instrument without first developing a correct embouchure, clarinetists can get the majority of notes out while using a poorly developed and incorrect embouchure (they won’t sound very pretty, though!).
Three very important elements of the embouchure for a clarinetist are:
- Pointed/Flat chin
- High tongue
- Corners in
When these two elements work together, musical magic happens.
Watch THIS VIDEO to learn how to make a proper clarinet embouchure.