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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001020.txt from 1999/01

From: Note Staff Unlimited <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Double lip
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 1999 04:00:57 -0500

Rob Breen schrieb:


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> I played double lip for 20 years or more and this comment got me thinking
> about a few insights on the subject I have to share with the list.
> - snip -

> With the switch to practicing standing up I began to develop tendonitis
> in the right forearm. This was aggravated by doubling on tenor saxophone
> and doing a lot of mouse-clicking on my day job as a software engineer.
> 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.

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> Regards,
> Rob


It's interesting that the tendonitis came in connection with the single lip

For me, the angled fingers (light doesn't describe it accurately enough) and
the angle of the horn are almost more important anyway. In fact, it seems wierd
to say this seeing how important double lip emb. is for me but actually,
whether or not the upper teeth happen to be touching the mouthpiece or only
touching the upper lip is only secondary. Primary is the use of the lips for
the embouchure.

BTW thanks to Don Christensen, I read the article by Tom Ridenour from 1990
Clarinet magazine about double lip embouchure. It's really helpful in
explaining how it works and how to learn it. Thank you Tom!

David Glenn

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