A car needs gas to make it move just like instruments need air to make sound. The higher the
quality of gas, the better the car performs. The same thing is true with air! When you inhale, the inside of the mouth should feel like a big yawn. The back of the throat should be open and unobstructed. Think of the word "oh" when you breath in.
The way you hold your mouth to play the clarinet along with great posture and great airflow will result in awesome clarinet tone. Check out a well formed embouchure and the steps to get it!
Say shoe and notice what it does to your tongue. Your tongue should be high in your mouth and shaped like a water slide
Pretend your putting chap-stick on your bottom lip. This firm bottom lip is vital to playing clarinet
You said shoe your bottom lip is firm, now add "oooh" to the end. There you have a pretty great start to the right embouchure.
Use just the mouthpiece and the barrel and hold the barrel with the reed facing you.
Take in about half an inch of reed into your mouth, resting it on your lower lip.
Be sure to have your upper teeth in contact with the top of the mouthpiece.
Keep the angle of the mouthpiece downwards while keeping your head up and level.
Take in a deep breath on “oh”, reform the "shoe" embouchure and blow a fast stream of air.
The resulting pitch should be a top line, concert F#.
You can check to see what pitch you achieved with a tuner or with a piano.
If you had a hard time producing a good tone on your mouthpiece and barrel, have a look at the table below for trouble shooting ideas. If you're still struggling, be sure to ask your band teacher or a professional clarinet player for some help.
Fingering Location Chart
Below is a graphic to help you determine where to put your fingers. There is also a fingering chart located on the downloads page.