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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001254.txt from 1998/04

From: Jennifer Rose McKenna <>
Subj: Re:water in holes
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 1998 18:47:29 -0400

Am I the only one thats ever heard of sucking the water out?
I just always assumed that by blowing the water back into the bore,
much more water would still be around the tone hole than if you sucked it
out...then when you come to a break you can swab.
maybe i am mistaken.

jennifer mckenna
university of north texas
music ed major/clarinet concentration

On Wed, 22 Apr 1998, EbKlarinet wrote:

> Hi , all! The purpose of blowing is to blow the water back into the bore so
> that you can then remove it with a swab. If all you do is blow across, the
> water will continue to come back. Obviously, it is necessary to blow very
> hard or the water won't go back into the bore. I saw Ricardo Morales do this
> at a concert in Orlando where he was playing the Mozart Concerto--it was the
> rondo mvt, and since he knew it would be audible, he blew in rhythm with the
> strings, who were playing at the time. What a great idea! Cigarette paper
> can be used after you swab to dry off the remaining water from the pad and
> tone hole. It's better to be able to play a Bb/Eb and have to make a blowing
> sound occasionally, than to be afraid to do what's necessary because of the
> noise involved, and try to substitute fingerings at the last minute, or
> produce a lovely, watery, warbly sort-of Bb!!!! ppphhhh,
> ppppphhhh Elise

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