Essential for Embouchure

Mike Lawson • Playing Tips • April 7, 2015

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David Snyder of Illinois State University in Normal, IL presents this month’s Playing Tip.

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Young clarinet players often play with unsupported, flat sounds in the upper register. This is often caused by a mushy bottom lip and chin. Ask your clarinetists to imagine they are looking in a mirror and putting on Chapstick. As they do this, the bottom lip should stretch automatically and the chin will go flat. A firm bottom lip and a flat chin are essential for a good clarinet embouchure (especially in the upper register) and this should get your clarinet players making the correct embouchure.

David Snyder

Illinois State University

Normal, IL


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