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Hiya i'm playing the first movement of saint saens' sonata for clarinet and piano for a recital in a few days, its pretty last minute but I was wondering if there were any particular performances/recordings you could recommend that would be good to listen to?

Ricardo Morales! Also, Harold Wright has a recording of it and his recordings tend to be amazing. Look up some French recordings too since Saint-Saens was French and all… 

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How do you feel about Pomp and Circumstance?

Let’s just say I was being nice about it in these posts

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Hi! So I've been playing clarinet for roughly 7 years now and my private instructor comments in nearly every lesson on how I need a new mouth piece before I go to college since I'll be studying music up there. I'm currently playing on a Vandoren m13 lyre, do you have and suggestions on a better mouth piece?? Ps: I love your blog :D

Well I currently play on the M13 Lyre, so I don’t see why you would need a new mouthpiece unless it’s worn out now. It’s a really good mouthpiece. If you want to switch to something different, just try a bunch of different mouthpieces and see what works best for you. I personally always choose Vandoren mouthpieces. They sound good and are cheaper than all those handmade ones that you can never replace once you become attached to it… Typically, mature clarinetists will play on the Vandoren M15, M13, B40, and B44 (of course not strictly limited to those) and all their variations (lyre, profile 88, etc). Try a few and see what you like. 

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I don't have a question. I just wanted to say I love your blog. I've found a lot of band blogs, but never one totally dedicated to my instrument. It's nice to see the clarinet appreciated for the wonderful thing it is instead of immediately dismissed. So thank you! Happy playing :)

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Tell two things you like about yourself, and then pass this on to the first ten people on your dash. #TeamSelfEsteem

I like that I can be so intimidating that there are people in the world who are actually afraid of me. I also like that there is good reason for this fear. If I wanted to, I could ruin someone. While I have never actually completely destroyed a person (I guess I’m nice), people know that I can. 

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Recital's rapidly approaching. Reeds (V12 3.5) keep dying. I know the music really well, but without decent reeds, I'm toast. Any advice?

Have you tried going up a strength? Larger strengths tend to last longer. If 4’s are too thick and you know how to adjust reeds, you can bring them down to the thickness of a 3.5 and they’ll still last longer than the 3.5s. If that’s not an option, get a new box and time their use so they’re perfectly broken in, but not worn out on your recital day. When breaking in reeds, make sure that you don’t play on them too much (only a few minutes each during the first week) and don’t start adjusting them too soon (and once/if you do, don’t adjust too much at one time). If you play on them too much at first, they wear out really quickly and the same goes for adjusting too much too soon.