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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000791.txt from 1999/04

Subj: Re: [kl] HELP
Date: Sat, 17 Apr 1999 09:25:02 -0400

In a message dated 4/17/99 8:06:11 AM US Eastern Standard Time, writes:

<< Also if this is the problem, it is
important to get fixed right away as there is a risk that she will
eventually learn to put a "death grip" on her horn to close this key. This
of course is a very bad habit and will hamper her technique when she needs
to play quick passages. >>
I had a problem with my clarinet when I first got it. The pads were not
sealing in the bottom part when I would go down to C. I would practice and
learned the "death grip". I am working on getting rid of that. I also
damaged my clarinet more, I bent the alternate C key on the left side.

Another thing that I can think of when I had this problem is to make sure she
is not pinching the sound off from the reed. As I would go down from high G,
I would start to bite down. I was out of tune on the notes and then by C
there was no sound or it was squeaky.

If her clarinet checks out okay, just give her a lot of positive
encouragement. That is what helped me to keep practicing and not to just
quit playing.


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