What type of reed does an alto clarinet use?
Bass clarinet and tenor sax reeds interchangeably on bass clarinets and tenor saxes. Baritone sax and EEb contra-alto clarinet reeds interchangeably on those two instruments.
Are alto sax reeds the same as clarinet?
Because the mouthpieces of instruments are different sizes, reeds are instrument specific; you cannot use a clarinet reed on an alto saxophone, or vice versa.
What is the difference between 2.0 and 2.5 clarinet reeds?
The lower the number, the softer the reed, the higher the number, the thicker the reed. Some manufacturers number their sizes 1, 1½, 2, 2½, 3, 3½, 4, 4½ and so on. Others may use “soft”, “medium”, and “hard” instead. Thicker reeds create a better and more direct tone but require more strength to play.
Can you use alto sax reeds on alto clarinet?
As a sidenote, saxophone reeds can also be interchanged with clarinet reeds of the same class. For example, alto clarinet reeds can be fitted into an alto sax’s mouthpiece and vice-versa.
How do I know my reed size?
Reed thickness is most often expressed as a number. The normal range for reeds is 2 to 5: the lower the number, the thinner the reed, and the higher the number, the thicker the reed. The thickness of the reed will affect the tone and how easy or difficult the instrument is to play.
Is saxophone harder than clarinet?
Saxophone is simply an easier instrument than clarinet overall, and is more commonly used in rock music. It’s the natural choice. That being said, oboists often find clarinet easier because the embouchure is a bit firmer, which they’re used to.
How do I choose a clarinet reed?
Choose a Strength The system ranges from 1 to 5, and uses half numbers to help evaluate the hardness. The higher the number, the harder the reed. The goal of any clarinetist is to play the hardest reed they can handle, as the sound improves with each increment.
Are thicker reeds better?
Thinner reeds vibrate more easily, so they are good for beginners. Players of popular music or jazz often prefer this brighter tone and thus use thinner reeds. Reeds with a thickness of 4 or 5 are harder and thus require more skill to sound, but the tone is fatter, bigger, and warmer.
Can I leave my reed on my clarinet?
Never leave your reed on the mouthpiece in the case as it will warp and mold may develop on the flat side of the reed.
How often should clarinet reeds be replaced?
every 2-4 weeks
A good rule of thumb is you should replace your reed every 2-4 weeks, no matter how often you’re playing your instrument. You may want to replace your reeds more frequently if you’re practicing several hours each day. Some reeds also may not last as long as others, every reed plays slightly differently.
Is playing a clarinet good for your lungs?
Good for your fitness Playing the clarinet requires your full lung capacity and is one of the most important skills when playing a woodwind instrument. You need to be able to control your breathing, which requires a strong core. The constant breathing exercise is also like a workout for you lungs and diaphragm.
Do clarinet reeds expire?
Reeds which you are actively using will likely last anywhere from 1-4 weeks provided you are playing regularly and taking good care of the reed.