Clarinet Ligature

Clarinet ligature - This is the metal, plastic, leather or string part that holds the reed onto the clarinet mouthpiece.   Again, the ligature that comes with the clarinet is very, very basic and functional at best.   A ligature that holds the reed onto the mouthpiece but also allows the reed to blow freely is the ultimate goal.  

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The standard ligature has the screws on the front of the ligature (on the reed side of the mouthpiece or as the clarinet is played, the screws are toward the chin). I’ve always preferred ligatures that are known as “inverted.” This means the screw or screws are on the back of the mouthpiece, facing away from the body. Again, I prefer the inverted type as I feel it is more free blowing.

A really fine upgrade from the standard ligature (and affordable) is the BG Standard Ligature. This is an inverted ligature. My students have had great success with this ligature and it is very durable.

I also recommend the Vandoren Optimum Ligature with Mouthpiece Cap. This Optimum ligature really plays well. However, I do not use it due to the large screw mechanism on the front end (reed side) of the mouthpiece.

This is not an inverted ligature. The screw ends up sitting on my chin. Again, I say, it plays very well except this little issue. This ligature is large enough, it needs its own sized mouthpiece cap.

Do you have a favorite Clarinet Ligature?

Have you tried any different ligatures lately? Give me the scoop on which ones you like the best. I'm looking, too. Thanks.

Do you have a favorite Clarinet Ligature?

Have you tried any different clarinet ligatures lately? Give me the scoop on which ones you like the best. I'm looking, too. Thanks.

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