Is it awkward?
It is quite natural that a player, who has been playing for years, will go through an experiment and adjustment period when first using the ERGOclar support. Most of players have developed some tiny little movements during playing. The player does not need them really anywhere, in fact he or she does not even know about most of these habits. That is why it might feel strange to play with the support. But it is only a matter of some days or weeks, and a player will get used to ERGOclar and finds a new way to make his or hers typical movements, only now ERGOclar will be supporting the weight of the instrument. Now you can discover new and healthier ways of playing. You’ll find out very soon that you can turn and lean your horn with minimal effort. In fact the only real difference is that you feel more relaxed and playing is lighter and more comfortable.
How is the height adjusted?
It is most important that the instrument is at the right height – where you find it comfortable – when you play. You lift or descend the support rod into its counterpart. And as the clarinet is on a top of the double spring system, you can also smoothly and with a minimum force move it up and down a little bit while you play.
The support rod should always be close to vertical upright position when playing. If it is not, it might feel little unstable and pinching. So in the beginning do give attention for learning to keep the rod as carefully upright as you can. Soon it stays there automatically.
What does it look like?
The ERGOclar is designed to be as invisible as possible, it is simple and non-obtrusive.