I see what you mean, that does seem to make an imediate difference! Any thoughts on double lip\single lip embouchure? I'm currently using double, mostly experimentaly.Embouchure. Try shaping your mouth cavity in different ways (make it small with a high tongue, or large and hollow with a rather retracted tongue, think of "ee" and "oo" while playing etc) and see what a tremendous difference in sound colour you can achieve.
Mouthpiece/Reed certainly play their roles, but the biggie IMO is the embouchure.
And I agree with Merlin - "darkness" is overrated, and you'd have to carefully decide where to sound "dark" and where not. (eg "Baby Elephant Walk" requires a rather bright tone, doesn't it?)
That raises an interesting point - if you have access to a recording device, use it. That one might tell you more "objectively" if your tone is getting darker or brighter.You might perceive your tone as being darker with a double lip embouchure because you're not feeling the vibrations through your teeth, but I doubt it can be heard by a listener.
Interesting. I listened to the clip and consider the tone very bright. It's a type of trebley tone with a slight high buzz that a lot of players in old traditional jazz style use. There is some reverb "hiding" the brightness a little bit. Not a bad thing BTW, so no one mistakenly thinks I'm saying that, just what it sounds like.But I've really enjoyed playing it because of the dark tone
Yes,I wouldn't say that's a dark sound, but it's hard to judge because the song stays only in the low register.
That's an interesting sound. I've been interested in trying a crystal mouthpiece on clarinet, myself. The crystal mpc and the metal clarinet work well together, but I agree with Clarnibass, its not a really 'dark' sound. Its not the classical 'covered' sound either, but I like it!Is your playing darker than this clip I recorded last night?
I bought this crystal mouthpiece because it sold really cheap on eBay and I know they often bring quite a bit. But I've really enjoyed playing it because of the dark tone and because it doesn't jar my teeth the way the O'brian does. Mouthpieces seem to make a huge difference on clarinet much the same as they do on sax.
Around 0:40 in the clip it's not low and still has the same type of tone. Just curious, do you play/like mostly traditional jazz? That's what your tone seems to be most influenced by. Some very good players choose to use this type of tone.I recorded that clip just to show how the metal clarinet sounded in low register.
I've played a crystal mouthpeice for years and have tried many more of them. I also fooled with a couple of metal clarinets. When I played, the tone was nothing like Enviroguy's (although mine is not the covered classical tone either IMO). So I'd say this tone is him and/or the specific clarinet and/or mouthpiece he is using. Definitely not the metal and crystal.That's an interesting sound. I've been interested in trying a crystal mouthpiece on clarinet, myself. The crystal mpc and the metal clarinet work well together, but I agree with Clarnibass, its not a really 'dark' sound. Its not the classical 'covered' sound either, but I like it!