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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000115.txt from 1996/04

From: Fred <fsheim@-----.COM>
Subj: Re: Abnormal ligatures... [re: bass clarinet tip]
Date: Fri, 5 Apr 1996 13:36:37 -0500

Hi Dan!

I have been playing with a shoelace ligature for over ten years! I
read about it in David Pino's book and gave it a try. I found that it
seemed to warm up my sound, especially in the lower register. It may be
just a slight difference in the way I FEEL the sound, however. Anyway,
there WAS a difference, I liked it and I stuck with it. I use a flat
shoelace wound around the reed about 7 times from bottom to top, with the
last turn tucked under itself. It has never become undone while playing.

Fred (

> Actually I do sometimes play with a brown shoe string as the
>ligature. I keep one in my case just in case my ligature breaks. Use the
>round string not the flat one. Has anyone else done this?
> Daniel A. Paprocki

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