thatartstudent74 asked: In Solo and Ensemble this year I have been asked to play contrabass for clarinet choir. I've played bass clarinet in the past but never contrabass and was wondering if you have any tips as far as embouchure, breathing technique and also how I could reach the second octaves? Thanks a million!!
Sure! So the Contrabass Clarinet is a lot like the Bass Clarinet, only your mouth cavity needs to be more open and you need to use much more breath support. Because the tubing on the Contrabass is more open, there’s less resistance but that also means you can only play shorter phrases before having to take a breath. For the clarion register, make sure to adjust your voicing appropriately to get the correct pitch out. This will involve some getting used it but it will start to come naturally in time! Also here’s a link to a tutorial video I did back in 2011 [x]
Hope this helps,