This video is a demonstration of how to put a reed on a clarinet mouthpiece. I recommend that for any beginners to place the mouthpiece on the clarinet before you put the reed on.



Follow these simple steps;

  • Remove the reed from its protective packaging. Place the flat side of the reed against the flat side of the mouthpiece.
  • Apply minimal pressure to the tip of the reed. Line the tip of the reed to the tip of the mouthpiece I prefer to leave a small gap but this is purely preference seek advice from your clarinet tutor if you are in any doubt.
  • Place ligature over the top with the screws facing towards you and tighten evenly to secure the reed in the correct position.

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About the author

Jeremy has been a part of Normans since July 2012, after completing his study at the Newark School. During his study he set himself the task of building a saxophone from scratch, a feat that no one in the courses history had attempted. Before instrument repair Jeremy had a successful career in the music industry; performing at international conferences, parliamentary jazz summits and a variety of prestigious venues resulting in gaining a place at Leeds College of Music.




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  • Susie 26/09/2019 at 7:21 am

    Is putting a reed on a mini C clarinet the same as a b flat clarinet? Which reeds are best for beginner mini C, wood or plastic?

    • Lucy Benstead 27/09/2019 at 11:23 am

      Hi Susie,

      Putting a reed on a mini C clarinet is the same as putting a reed on a full size Bb clarinet. The ligature is sometimes different, but the positioning is exactly the same.

      In regards to the mini c, a wooden reed produces a slightly better tone. However, for a beginner, I would suggest using the plastic reeds as they are much more durable and therefore less likely to break.

      I hope this helps!