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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001023.txt from 1999/01

From: "Karl Krelove" <kkrelove@-----.com>
Subj: Re: [kl] PLAY WITH THE REED DOWN!
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 1999 04:01:00 -0500

Does anyone know what kind of mouthpices were used by the clarinetists
(Italian or otherwise) who played with the reed on top? I've always
wondered, never having met anyone personally who had any experience with it,
whether the mouthpieces were shaped differently.

Karl Krelove

----- Original Message -----
From: avrahm galper <agalper@-----.com>
Subject: [kl] PLAY WITH THE REED DOWN!

>Play with the reed "DOWN"!
>
>These are the words of Carl Baermann, in the preface to his own method,
>who says:
>There is a class of clarinetists that play with the reed turned up,
>although I cannot ascribe a good reason for such a method of tone
>production.
>Whoever considers the structure of the mouth must become convinced that
>this method is a wrong one for the following reasons:
>
>The stronger or weaker pressure of the lip on the reed is of the utmost
>importance for the production of tone.
>Every degree of pressure acts so decisively on tonal color and
>articulation that the finished artist will ultimately experience that
>every tone, properly speaking, has its own embouchure though this of
>course, is an enigma to beginners.
>
>Now how then is it possible to master all these finer shadings with the
>upper part of the head and its lip, since that part is utterly
>motionless!
>Motion is only possible for the lower jaw of the human head, and it is
>on that account that the reed should be managed by the lower lip
>Moreover, the staccato is of great importance.
>It is impossible to give the three varieties of staccato- the sharp, the
>soft and the tied, with proper distinction, if the tongue instead of
>encountering the reed, touches on the inverted upper part of the
>mouthpiece
>
>Therefore,I say,"Down with the reed to the underlip"!
>
>--
>Avrahm Galper
>TONE TECHNIQUE AND STACCATO
>THE UPBEAT BAERMANN MELODIC SCALES AND ARPEGGIOS
>http://www.sneezy.org/avrahm_galper/index.html
>
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