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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001001.txt from 1999/01

Subj: Re: [kl] Double lip
Date: Tue, 19 Jan 1999 16:11:51 -0500

In a message dated 1/19/99 11:43:42 AM Eastern Standard Time, writes:

<< It became so painful that by August, 1998, I had switched to left-handed
mousing and began to use a neckstrap on the clarinet. As of now, the
pain is gone, and I'm wondering if the neck strap will help to overcome
the obstacles to playing double lip standing up. >>

Another left-handed mouser! Left handed mousing has kept my right wrist from
getting fatigued for over a year now. (I had tendonitis years ago, and ever
since, I am extremely careful about ANY pain I feel in my wrists. Being at
the computer started to hurt my right wrist again, so an ergonomic keyboard
and the mouse switch took care of it completely.)

Let me know how the neck strap works. I haven't found much support with it
for double lip, but I have been planning on trying it again now that my double
lip embouchure has had a number of years to strenghten. Perhaps I have enough
upper lip to be able to use it.

After many years a lot of double lip players are able to play standing without
a strap. I switched eight years ago, and am thinking I need to get out of my
knees a bit. :)

By the way, I'm near Hartford and studied for about eight years with Paul
Surapine, who also started with Ken Legace. I've been seeing Kal for about
two years now. It's a small world.

Teri Herel

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