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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001030.txt from 1999/01

From: Vicki Coffman <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Fast reed-dampening techniques?
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 1999 04:01:07 -0500

> Saliva licked onto the reed while still on the mouthpiece isn't enough.

True, true..... (Although if you spit a little *into* the
mouthpiece onto the *inside* of the reed, it helps--Yes, I
know: ick, ick....)

> Any suggestions on how to overcome the problem?

Sure! (Now don't anybody yell at me--but you didn't when I
admitted I leave the reeds on all the time (well, I *do* take
them off to clean the mouthpieces from time to time), so I guess
I'm safe....?? :-> )

Dip the reed and the mouthpiece, up to the ligature, in a glass
of water, and hold it there a few seconds. Take it out and
shake the water off. (And then keep the reed cap on when you're
not playing.)

Scotch works too.... ;-)



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