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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000140.txt from 1996/04

From: Bruce Currie <BCurrie101@-----.COM>
Subj: Re: Abnormal ligatures... [re: bass clarinet tip]
Date: Sat, 6 Apr 1996 00:33:52 -0500

I really hate to say this, but once when my ligature broke at a
concert the only thing available I could use in an emergency was --
rubber bands. I put on about 5-6, really tight. It worked, but I
don't want to do it again. I know "German-style" clarinetists who
have used string, but my friends came back to ligatures.

>Date: Thu, 4 Apr 1996 22:01:20 -0500
>From: Terri Kimiko Oda <>
>Sender: "Klarinet - Clarinettist's Network"
>To: Multiple recipients of list KLARINET
>Subject: Abnormal ligatures... [re: bass clarinet tip]
>>I've found that the intonation on the long B and C in the 2nd
register can
>>be improved by playing with the mouthpiece inverted (ala Italian
>>It helps if you use a string ligature (No basketball shoe
>I started giggling when I read this one... great post! However,
>brought to mind something that happened last weekend...
>I was playing in an Easter Parade, and as we were assembling in
>parking lot before the parade, a friend came up to me, asking if I
had a
>spare ligature. She quickly explained that because she was using
>plastic clarinet rather than her nicer one, she thought she had
left her
>ligature in the other case although she'd moved her mouthpiece.
>couldn't find anyone with an extra one, so she finally took up a
>elastic, wrapped it around her mouthpiece and reed and tried to
warm up
>with that. It worked, but luckily she found her ligature and
didn't have
>to play with the elastic... Now I'm curious, has anyone else been
>without a ligature, and what can you use to replace one? (And I
>think I want to know if you've had to use duct tape! ;)
> -> Terri <-
> /
> In life, as in French, gender complicates everything. //
> -- ZF ///
Bruce Currie
Lombard, Illinois

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