Monday, November 13, 2006
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The Midwest Clinic is Coming!
There are 35 days left until the 60th annual Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. The event will be held in Chicago from December 19-23. The Midwest Clinic website is very easy to explore and you can check out the following things:
Use a handkerchief swab to clean out your clarinet after each use.
Swab your mouthpiece separately. Remember the facing is delicate, so handle it with care. Remove any “build up” on the exterior. To clean the interior, soak the mouthpiece in lukewarm or cold water (never warm or hot water, as this will discolor the exterior) and a mild dish detergent. If you keep it clean, you won’t have to do this frequently - maybe once a year.
Keep your clarinet and clarinet case clean. Remove all unnecessary items from your case, including medals, coins and other objects which can tear pads or bend keys. Wipe the keys and body with a soft cloth. Use a fresh paintbrush to remove dust.
Keep your clarinet in a hard shell wood or plastic case. Many “light” cases lack sufficient padding to protect your clarinet if dropped or if you bump into something.
Protect your reeds when not in use by storing them in a reed wallet. Protect your reed and mouthpiece by using your mouthpiece cap when the clarinet is not in your mouth.
Do not stand your clarinet up on the bell. Use a peg or stand to hold it. Never rest your clarinet on a music stand!
Use light cork grease on your tenon corks. Don’t use too much that it is visible or makes a mess, but enough that the instrument doesn’t “grip” unreasonably upon assembly or disassembly.
Use a small drop of key oil every few months to keep noisy keys quieter. Using a needle point oiler, apply a small drop between the hinge tube and the post. Don’t forget to do this on ligature screws as well.
Uniqueness of environment will influence the need to bore oil your wooden clarinet. Consult professional players or a repair technician for advice on whether or not you should use bore oil and how to apply it properly. Use of a humidifier in the case of a wooden clarinet is highly recommended in dry seasons and climates.
Most importantly, if it has been over 2 years or you can’t remember the last time you had your clarinet examined by a woodwind repair technician, now is the time to take it in for a check-up. I recommend yearly check-ups after the initial inspection.
Can we assist you with anything? Please contact your local Palen Music Center school road representative for all of your music education needs.
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