Lessons in Voice, Piano, Clarinet, Saxophone, Composition and Oboe. Recorder and Flute by request. Classes in History and Theory.
A few instruments have come in for repair lately with notes saying that high notes do not work. Though I take all notes seriously and check the instrument a lot of the time it's the reed mouthpiece setup.
I will address the standard mouthpieces used around here the Yamaha 4C and 5C clarinet and saxophone mouthpieces. These are fine beginner mouthpieces a good choice and standard issue with Yamaha instruments.
Clarinet players should start on a 2.5 Rico Royal on the 4C mouthpiece 3 on bass clarinet. Tenor and bari players most likely on the 5C should use a 3!
Realistically/practically the reed can be easily pushed into the chamber on the bigger mouthpieces and the odds of every beginner even with a reed player as the band teacher using the perfect sensitive embouchure I have is 0.
I have a bari here with the high note problem the reed on the mouthpiece is a 1.5. Yeh I can finesse out a high note on pretty much anything but this set up sounds like a cat in heat.
Speaking of mouthpieces if you have an older bass clarinet with a no name( as in no one will admit they made it) bass clarinet mouthpiece replace it!. A lot of instruments that play well with my mouthpiece are unplayable when I check them with the mouthpiece in the case. Of the newer student bass clarinets I recommend the Yamaha models the only reservation is they tend to be sharp in pitch with the standard mouthpiece though well in tune with my Grabner mouthpiece.
Everyone worries that they don't practice enough. Sure it's important but without knowledge of what and how to practice it's pretty much useless or it can make you worse!.
I started teaching a recorder class when I was in grade 3, I have now been teaching for 45 years. I have not met one musician (other than folk/ pop ones who basically remain at a primitive level) who managed to figure it out for themselves without some guidance, there are just too many variables
This is what the "studies" say along with the 10,000 hour theory.
(lots of talented people never get good so you can't rely on this) You will have your strengths, weakness and tendencies, know and understand them.
These 2 are easy it's just a trip to the music store make sure you ask a pro first though as it's not a one size fits all kind of deal.
style, history, harmony, theory, practice tech, fingerings, psychology, fitness, physics.............
attitude, responsiveness, awareness of others, courage, consideration, discipline, trust, openness, resilience, patience, adaptability..........
Just for showing up.
So I can directly help you with 74% of your progress but only if you come to rehearsals and or lessons and I can help make sure that the last 26% is time well spent.
This is why in my adult band even players who rarely practice are improving.