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Happy First Day of Spring! It's 38 degrees, windy, sleeting, and we have a winter storm warning. Fantastic. But let's talk about other kinds of springs to get our mind off of it.
Spring tension will greatly affect the way an instrument plays and feels! Springs are often too heavy, making the player press the keys harder. This can spread tension to the rest of the body and affect playing. The key to proper spring tension is to be soft enough that the player barely has to push, but stiff enough to return the pad to its seat quickly and maintain adequate pressure on the pad. Basically the action should be light, but positive.
The spring on the right hand E key is usually the first to wear because it has the heaviest key to move. It should have the same tension as the F#/C# key. If not, it may be worn out. However, the F#/C# key frequently has too much tension from the factory, which needs to be relieved. The G#/D# is also usually set too hard. Ideally all of the right-hand pinky keys should have roughly the same tension.
If you feel like your springs can use a tune-up, give us a call. We've got you covered
Back in 2017, I was contacted by a young and rising clarinetist named James Sullivan. He wanted to work together on a barrel project. .
A few days before we began the project, he died suddenly at only 23 years old of a brain aneurysm. .
His parents called me and decided they wanted to continue the project in his memory. .
A few months later, here we are. Some beautiful barrels, designed in part with James and his parents, hand-crafted by Rice Clarinet Works. .
One is made of mopane, the other is grenadilla.
And you can't help but thinking about how fleeting and special life is.
Tag a clarinetist that you care about and tell them why you appreciate them!
DID YOU KNOW??
The best time to have your clarinet overhauled is when it's brand new!
Because your instrument deserves to be in top shape right from the start.
Having spring tensions and ring heights properly adjusted, along with good clarinet pads is vital!
Check out the link in our profile for more info about overhauls.
Picture by @tiggerifficjojo
No matter how good a clarinet sounds, it needs to be in tune! A good clarinet barrel will improve the tuning considerably and make playing easier. *
This is because having good tuning allows you to focus more on the music instead of fighting to keep your clarinet in tune. *
Sharp upper notes and flat lower notes are a problem on almost every clarinet with a stock barrel, and so the Rice Clarinet Works barrels were designed to bring down the pitch of the upper register notes, while bringing up the pitch of the lower notes.
Head to the link in our profile to check out our selection of barrels! And because we love you guys, we offer a no risk trial policy so you can see for yourself!
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Here's the latest with some tips about your clarinet barrel... that you've maybe never heard before!
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Join us on Saturday, April 21st for Delaware Clarinet Day!
I'll be presenting an instrument maintenance workshop that morning, and there are some other amazing presentations and performances lined up!
Learn more and register here: http://www.music.udel.edu/areas/woodwinds/Pages/delaware-clarinet-day.aspx
How dirty is your clarinet?
Dust and sludge can build up in every nook and cranny on your instrument, greatly affecting its playability. *
Buildup in the tone holes can alter the pitch dramatically, and dirty mechanisms can slow key response. *
If you are comfortable taking your instrument apart, this repair can easily be done at home with cotton swabs and water. *
But if you're not at ease with taking the keys off your clarinet, call in the pros! (That happens to be us )
Do you remove your keys to clean your clarinet??
Sharp upper notes and flat lower notes are a problem on almost every clarinet.
So, we designed the #RCW barrels to bring down the pitch of the upper register notes, while bringing up the pitch of the lower notes.
See for yourself! We offer trials on all our barrels so you can see if it's a perfect fit
Giving a shout out to a #RiceClarinetWorks Performing Artist today!
Anative of Alexandria, VA, clarinetist Daniel Frazelle has performed in recent seasons with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra, the Washington Concert Opera, the Cathedral Choral Society, the New Orchestra of Washington, the Apollo Orchestra, the Manassas Ballet Theater Orchestra, and as principal clarinetist of the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra. Prior to his return to the Greater Washington Area, he performed with the Naples Philharmonic and Evansville Philharmonic orchestras.
A member of the United States Navy Band since 2007, he serves in virtually every capacity in the Concert Band: on Bb, Eb, bass, alto and contra-alto clarinet. He is an occasional soloist with the Concert Band and is the bass clarinetist of the Navy Band Clarinet Quartet.
Mr. Frazelle’s chamber music collaborations include performances with the Navy Band Chamber Players recital series, the Sage Chamber Players and a recital on the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. He also serves as the director of the Navy Band Clarinet Day Military Chamber Recital, the premier annual collaborative recital featuring members of premier bands in Washington, DC.
As an educator, Mr. Frazelle’s masterclasses and clinics include appearances at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, Texas A&M University-Commerce, Towson University, James Madison University, and high schools throughout the U.S. He has been requested as an adjudicator for national high school competitions and for James Madison University’s annual concerto competition. He maintains a small private studio in Virginia where his students have successfully auditioned for some of the premier youth ensembles in the area.
Mr. Frazelle earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from James Madison University and a Master of Music in Clarinet Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. His primary instructors include Richie Hawley, Steven Cohen, Janice L. Minor, Marguerite Levin, and D. Ray McClellan.
Mr. Frazelle performs on Rice Clarinet Works Barrels and clarinets serviced by RCW.
I'm flying out to Texas this week to attend and exhibit at the 2018 #TMEA conference. Will I see you there? Don't forget to stop by Booth 408 to check out our table and all of our hand-crafted products, including a large selection of bells, mouthpieces, and barrels.
If you're in the market for a new clarinet and you'll be at TMEA, **Stop by our booth and check out our hand-picked and professionally set up Buffets clarinets
**-OR- Let me know and I can come with you to Buffet's table to help you find the perfect clarinet and get it for you at the lowest price allowed by Buffet
If you're in the market and won't be at TMEA,
**Give me a call. If I don't already have what you're looking for, I'll be happy to make note of your specific requests and find what you need while I'm there--still at the lowest cost allowed by Buffet!
If you've got questions or want to know how we can help you find your clarinet soul mate, give us a call at 410-651-3040 and ask for Wes! Hope to see you in the Lone Star State,