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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000617.txt from 1999/04

From: "Dr. David McClune" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] re: Reed knife gouges cane
Date: Tue, 13 Apr 1999 13:26:45 -0400

Use a reed knife to remove "dust" rather than carving the cane. You do not
remove hunks of cane. To scrape, let the blade be behind / where you want
to scrape (lousy term). The top of the knife blade rests on your thumb and
uses the thumb to pivot from. Rotate the knife with the wrist (or /_)
and let the weight of the blade and the "edge" of sharpness on the metal
remove a dusting of cane. This is NOT like carving an animal out of Ivory

Practice on un-playable reeds.


Dr. David McClune
Professor of Woodwinds/Director of Bands
Union University, Jackson, TN 38305

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