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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000829.txt from 1998/03

From: Shouryu Nohe <>
Subj: Another note on Chedeville Revamps...
Date: Sat, 14 Mar 1998 11:44:17 -0500

One more note to all you people who are experimenting witht he M13 and
other long-faced mpieces:

If you've been playing on a medium facing mpiece, when you try out the
longer faced ones, it is best to try them playing with the normal reed
strength you use, and then one little softer (no more than half a
strength). Longer faced mouthpieces generally seem to get a better tone
with softer reeds. This also makes it easier to get the necessary control
required for the proper tone: this is the inherent advantage of these
mouthpieces. You can get a fantastic tone from them, but they require
that your embouchure be near perfect to do it. If it is not, then the
mouthpiece will not play as well as others that you experiment with.

Once you've learned how to control your sound on the longer faced mpieces
(AKA your embouchure is firmer than concrete and doesn't shift), then try
switching back to the slightly harder reed to get more projection (if you
need it). You may have to work a little harder (at first) to get the
pppppps you could get with the soft reed, but not nearly as hard as you
would if you had started with the hard reed.

Or, at least all in my experience. ^_-

Shouryu Nohe
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