Reetta plays ERGOclar sitting

ERGOclar

Clarinet support system

The ERGOclar clarinet support is specially designed to enable the player to keep his or her hands and upper body completely relaxed. It removes the need for the right thumb and arm to support the weight of the clarinet. Instead, the ERGOclar  will transmit the weight of the instrument to the chair, or to the belt pouch the player may wear. 

Freeing up the upper body can also help the most important aspects of wind playing: breathing and airflow. With the weight of the instrument taken off of the body, the player’s touch and feel for playing are improved and stresses are reduced.

In the long run, the chances to get some playing related pains or even injuries diminishes radically.

You first place the attaching ring with an Eye Bolt to the clarinet between the upper joint and middle joint, above the thumb rest. It is similar with the RMD Riedl Marching Lyre ring.

You need 10 to 15 seconds to do this.

Riedl ring in hand
Quick Attaching Fastener and the Eye Bolt

The plastic support head with a quick locking mechanism is on top of a steel bar. Attach it in one movement to the Eye Bolt.

In the support rod there is a coiled spring in order to give a smooth and soft floating feel to the clarinet. Your hands and arms are no more supporting the weight of the instrument.

Now the weight of the clarinet is transmitted to the  to the chair. You can use also the longer monopod extension (sold separately) and transmit the weight to the floor. With the extension you can play either sitting or standing.

Today we do understand the ergonomic challenges involved in playing. You need some time to readjust your perception about clarinet playing. You need a moment to get used to the different feeling of the nearly weightless instrument. After the readjusting period, you will enjoy playing with less tension.

But like always, it is a lot easier to condemn something new without even trying it out!

“The ERGOclar support is quite easy and comfortable to use. I have used it also in the orchestra work. It allows you to move quite freely, so it does not feel restrictive.

The ERGOclar is great for children as it relief them from the pain in the right hand and thumb. It also helps the embouchure because it supports the instrument from below and therefore the mouthpiece is easier to keep toward upper teeth.”

– Reetta Näätänen

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