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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000730.txt from 1999/01

Subj: [kl] Re: double lip
Date: Sat, 16 Jan 1999 14:14:46 -0500

Jennifer pisat:

> So, getting to the real point of this sob note :) I was wondering how
> many ppl on this list play double lip? I really feel this is my last
> option. It should help immensely. Also anyone who knows of ppl who
> have played double lip. Unfortunatly it is a dying art. Any information
> would be greatly appreciated.
I play double lip, and have for five years now (after 20-plus on single).
It certainly prevents any tendency toward biting, although certainly by now
i have some pretty serious strength in the upper lip (you might say i can
keep a stiff upper lip. Then again, you might not...). My teacher ( i
went back to lessons after twenty years) had me use double as a teaching
tool to correct some embouchure problems and i've never gone back. The
biggest difficulty is in stabilizing the instrument while playing--i keep
the bell on my knees most of the time, which takes care of that.

But as to what this will do to help your TMJ--i don't know. You still have
the same kinds of strain on the jaw, cheek muscles etc.--have you talked
with a dentist about whether this (the double embouchure) would help? It
seems wise to get perhaps more than one professional opinion as to how to
best approach it.

Brent Eresman

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