Take the mouthpiece and barrel alone. Place the reed on the mouthpiece and make sure that it is even with the tip of the mouthpiece. Also check the bottom of the reed and make sure that it is centered with the table of the mouthpiece.
You’ll notice that the reed is separated from the mouthpiece at the tip but eventually meets the mouthpiece.
Take a look at the gap between the top of the reed and the top of the mouthpiece. It continues down and gets smaller until they finally meet.
Take a pencil and mark exactly where the reed meets the mouthpiece. This is where you will want to put your bottom lip on the reed.
Take a pencil and mark the spot where the reed and the mouthpiece meet. That is where your bottom lip will be going.
Upper lip should come down onto mouthpiece with a firm grip.
Take a deep breath through the sides of the mouth WITHOUT moving your bottom lip or top teeth from the mouthpiece. This is how we breathe on the clarinet. We relax the corners of the mouth and then take a deep breath.
PRACTICING THE CORRECT EMBOUCHURE:
· Mirror-on stand and in practice sessions
· Focus on FLAT CHIN
· While you play an open G with clarinet right hand down (this means the index finger, the middle finger, and the ring finger of the right hand covering the tone holes), with your left hand hold down your chin
· Focus on saying “eeeee” with tongue
· Tight corners
· Pull upper lip down firm onto the top of the mouthpiece