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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001075.txt from 1999/01

Subj: Re: [kl] double lip
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 1999 22:51:44 -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 :)
>>Date: Sun, 17 Jan 1999 22:59:57 EST
>>Subject: Re: [kl] double lip
>>In a message dated 1/17/99 1:36:47 PM Eastern Standard Time,
>> 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
>>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
>>fine. Just don't practice for those long uninterrupted times when
>you're at
>>You'll soon reach a halfway point where both embouchures will be
>>bad. (for lack of a better way to say it.) At that time, you need to
>>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
>>but endurance will be low. But... just a few more months will give you
>>endurance. It varies for everyone. Avoid playing on hard reeds for a
>>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
>>staccato. You'll initially want to do "slowish" things while you try
>>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
>>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
>>knees for extra support, providing that you can sit and do this
>>That is, if you're not too tall.
>>Let me know how it goes.
>>Teri Herel.
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