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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001007.txt from 1999/01

From: "Brent Eresman" <>
Subj: [kl] Re: double lip
Date: Tue, 19 Jan 1999 16:11:57 -0500

Rob Breen pisat:

> It has been suggested to me by very reputable players on this
> lst that double lip is no more than an illusion because the upper lip
> provides a cushioning layer of insulation between the top of the mouthpiece
> and the upper teeth which affects the way the player hears his own sound,
> but has little or no impact on what the listener hears. I'm not sure that
> I agree with this, but it seems a bit difficult to prove or disprove.
I originally went to double lip as a way to help me with single lip
embouchure problems. When i play single lip now ( if i play a lot of
Eb and get very tired, e.g.) i find that *if i pay attention to my
embouchure* i can't tell much difference. But, if i just play and
don't concentrate, i can fall into bad practices which hurt the
quality of my sound. Hence, for me, double lip is an easy way to
mind my embouchure.


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