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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000841.txt from 1997/12

From: Roger Shilcock <>
Subj: Re: Ten cents -- can you spare a dime?
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 1997 11:08:19 -0500

On Thu, 18 Dec 1997, Jacqueline Eastwood wrote:

> Date: Thu, 18 Dec 1997 08:42:37 -0700 (MST)
> From: Jacqueline Eastwood <eastwooj@-----.EDU>
> Reply-To:
> To: Clarinetists <>
> Subject: Re: Ten cents -- can you spare a dime?
> On Thu, 18 Dec 1997, Ed Lowry wrote:
> > Jacqueline Eastwood's discussion of what notes to tune to included the
> > observation that her long B is ten cents sharp, but that (apparently)
> > wasn't so much as to cause her worry. (I'm paraphrasing, so apologies if
> > this is incorrect.)
> To be more precise, with a "natural" embouchure (i.e., unadjusted for the
> note), my concert A is about 10 cents sharp. To compensate for that, I
> have two choices:
> 1) Pull the barrel (resulting in flat throat tones; it depends on the
> temperature whether I will do that)
> 2) Adjust my embouchure/oral cavity -- tongue position slightly lower &
> more back, lower jaw dropped somewhat -- the note feels like it is coming
> from the back teeth area instead of high on the soft palate.** Gosh,
> hard to describe these adjustments which are surely miniscule but make a
> big difference!
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** That feeling is familiar - unfortunately for me it tends to go with
damage to the tone if I do too much of it, producing a hollow,
lugubrious sound. How can I avoid this?
Roger Shilcock

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