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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000118.txt from 1999/04

From: "Karl Krelove" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] highnotes
Date: Fri, 2 Apr 1999 16:40:36 -0500

You don't say if your teacher is a private clarinet player/teacher or a
generalist instrumental teacher at school. If he/she is a clarinet player
and you respect her/him, you should ask these questions at your next lesson.
The frustrating part of problems like the ones you've described is that
there lots of possible causes - could be your mouthpiece, your reeds, your
instrument, your embouchure (or something you're doing to it when you get to
the altissimo range), your approach to breath control, the amount of reed in
your mouth, the amount of pressure you're putting against the reed, plus
several other possibilities. A good teacher listening to you and watching
you in person stands an astronomically better chance of either eliminating
or finding explanations. The teacher can easily tell if it's an equipment
problem by testing the equipment him/herself. That's a big chunk of
detective work quickly done that we on the list, much as we'd like to help,
can't do. If you try on your own every possibility, the chances are you'll
get so confused that cracking high notes will become the least of your
problems. Any changes the teacher has suggested that turn out to be causing
other unintended problems are best adjusted by the teacher him/herself, if
that indeed turns out to be the case, because the teacher knows what changes
were made.

I'm not suggesting that there's anything wrong with the suggestions made by
anyone on the list, just pointing to what I think is the most practical way
for you to solve your problem (which, by the way, is not at all an unusual

Karl Krelove

----- Original Message -----
From: <>
Subject: [kl] highnotes

> I am having a problem with my high notes specifically e and f. they crack
> very easily and I dont know if it is me, or the mouthpiece. Ive tried
> long tones and when I do hold them they just eventually crack. high e for
> example, when I hold that note it goes to the partial above it, the A.
> Slurring up to it and especially tonguing into that note are really bad. I
> never used to have this problem until my teacher recently helped me to
> correct my voicing, whethere that has anything to do with it at all. I'm
> sure if it could be that the facing on my mouthpiece aggravates the
> or what the problem is. If anyone could give me their opinion it would be
> much appreciated. thank you!
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