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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000625.txt from 1999/01

From: Roger Garrett <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Reed question
Date: Thu, 14 Jan 1999 14:15:58 -0500

On Thu, 14 Jan 1999, Ryan Bassette wrote:
> Basically I wanted to see if there was a difference between these and the
> cheapo Rico bottom lines I had been using(also strength 3). I got home and
> soaked a few and tried to blow on them and alas I get more breath noise
> than anything else and, eventually, a headache. Apparently these are
> stronger reeds than what I'm used to and now I'm wondering if I can salvage
> these by some sort of treatment or breaking in.


I'm curious - have you worked with a private teacher? The problems you
describe are not really reed related, although the Vandoren 3 will have a
thicker heart then the Rico 3. The problems you describe sound air
related and, possibly, embouchure related (and how much mouthpiece you
take in to your mouth).

> Now I'm not even sure why I
> insisted on the 3's as opposed to 2's (which the guy in the store
> suggested).

Why did the store recommend this? What kind of mouthpiece and clarinet
are you playing on?

> I figured it would be more of a 'workout' and thus lend itself
> to quicker development but obviously if I get so discouraged with my tone
> that I throw the horn out the window I've completely defeated the purpose.

Good thoughts. It will lead to quicker development of some muscles, but
it could amplify other problems or bad habits if those are present. I
sure know what you mean about wanting to throw the horn out the window.

Roger Garrett
Professor of Clarinet
Director - Concert Band, Symphonic Winds & Titan Band
Advisor - Recording Studio
Illinois Wesleyan University

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