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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001069.txt from 1999/01

From: "Jennifer McKenna" <mai_lin@-----.com>
Subj: Re: [kl] double lip
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 1999 19:05:00 -0500

ok I have a better idea now, thanx!
DO you think it would be better for posture for me to get a neck
strap....or is that not enough?

Thanks for your help!

Jennifer :)

>Reply-To: klarinet@-----.org
>From: CmdrHerel@-----.com
>Date: Sun, 17 Jan 1999 22:59:57 EST
>To: klarinet@-----.org
>Subject: Re: [kl] double lip
>
>In a message dated 1/17/99 1:36:47 PM Eastern Standard Time,
>mai_lin@-----.com writes:
>
><< And one last question, while I'm starting this, what should I
> concentrate on practicing the most? Long tones? or something else? >>
>
>Okay, let me see if I can get all your questions! First the five
minutes a
>day for starters is only the double lip. You can continue to practice
for as
>long as you want single lip after that. I just don't know about the
medical
>condition. I'd assumed you wouldn't be playing single lip at all
anymore. My
>bad. :)
>
>Second, stamina will build up very nicely if you stick to the five
on-five off
>practice routine. You'll be able to make it through long rehearsals
just
>fine. Just don't practice for those long uninterrupted times when
you're at
>home.
>
>You'll soon reach a halfway point where both embouchures will be
equally...
>bad. (for lack of a better way to say it.) At that time, you need to
choose
>one or the other. You'll probably be able to play double lip all the
time, by
>that point.
>
>I've found that most double lip embouchures will set in just a couple
months,
>but endurance will be low. But... just a few more months will give you
enough
>endurance. It varies for everyone. Avoid playing on hard reeds for a
while.
>That will help too.
>
>As for long tones, I don't do specific "embouchure" exercises. I
simply work
>on embouchure while I'm doing other valuable studies, like chromatics
or
>staccato. You'll initially want to do "slowish" things while you try
the
>embouchure, like slow scales, so that you don't knock the clarinet
around in
>your mouth with heavy fingers. (A fringe bene of switching, is you'll
either
>play with very light fingers or be in pain! :)
>
>I don't know if I mentioned it, but someone else did: Hold the bell in
your
>knees for extra support, providing that you can sit and do this
comfortably.
>That is, if you're not too tall.
>
>Let me know how it goes.
>
>Teri Herel.
>
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