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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000850.txt from 1997/09

From: Neil Leupold <>
Subj: Re: Tabutea
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 1997 20:26:30 -0400

On Wed, 17 Sep 1997 wrote:

> The story goes that a student would arrive at a lesson and proclaim,
> "I've got a really good reed today, Mr. Tabuteau!" ........
> Mr. Tabuteau would look over innocently and say, "Gee, really? Let
> me take a look at that." The student would naively pull the reed off
> of his/her instrument and hand it to him. In one swift stroke, Tabuteau
> would then swing his arm around and smash that reed straight into the
> wall! He'd then hand it back to the student and say, "Here, find another
> one..."
> ========
> AND THIS WAS PRODUCTIVE BECAUSE......??? (Yes, I'm yelling !)

"Productive" because, in Tabuteau's mind, it robbed the student of
his "good" reed, meaning that if he hoped to play his 'best' during
that lesson, he would have to learn to adapt his breathing and muscular
technique in order to circumvent the idiosyncrasies of a less accom-
modating reed. Relaxation spawns control which, in turn, can be
transmitted to each individual area of muscular technique, creating
a unified approach to tone production/manipulation via the air


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