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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000616.txt from 1998/03

From: Shouryu Nohe <>
Subj: Re: Playing outside
Date: Tue, 10 Mar 1998 09:50:40 -0500

> Playing outside imporves your sound because the acoustics are so bad.

Having horrible acoustics can be great, too - I use it to check my sound.
Concrete stairwells and metal elevators make EXCELLENT practice rooms when
my embouchure is tired. Because the sound has a tendency to ring, and
quite loudly, my ears cannot escape the fact that I really can and should
be sounding better, forcing me to fix it. Having a bigger resonance helps
with that, perhaps more so than freeing my embourchure.

Of course, as my professor (and roommate, and HS director, current
director...) might tell you, when it comes to bass, I have no problems
playing out without restraint at all. ^_^

Shouryu Nohe
Professor of SCSM102, New Mexico State Univ.; ICQ 6771552
Coffee Drinker, Musician, Otaku, Jesus Freak, Admirer of Women
(Not necessarily in that order)
"A steak dinner is supposed to impress us?" - Shinji
"Does she really think we'll go crazy over a dumb steak dinner? Man,
the second generation has got some really cheap standards." - Asuka

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