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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000904.txt from 1999/04

From: Mark Gustavson <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Double Lip Playing-Question for Tom Ridnouer
Date: Tue, 20 Apr 1999 12:40:09 -0400

I remember reading an interview with Harold Wright in The Clarinet and when he
was asked if he sat performing a concerto because of his double lip embouchure he
said he sat because he had a bad leg and simply could not stand for such a



> >In a message dated 4/16/99 12:52:19 AM Central Daylight Time,
> > writes:
> >
> ><< It is the most elegant way to play in my
> > >opinion, making a more vocal and string-like legato natural to playing.
> > tom >>
> >
> >Tom:
> >
> >I have always been able to play double-lip. My primary teacher was John
> >Mohler, himself a student of Ralph McLane, so I was exposed to it early.
> >
> >I find myself playing double lip more and more, on bass as well as soprano.
> >
> >My problem is playing while standing. How do YOU play double lip while doing
> >a recital, or a concerto?
> >
> >I've tried several types of neckstraps. I really don't like the feel of
> >playing with a neckstrap, though
> >
> >What do you do?
> >
> >Walter Grabner
> Walter, I don't play that much any more, but when I did a lot of recital
> playing I always sat. I saw Harold Wright play the Mozart with the BSO
> several times, as well as the Copland once; he sat and read both works;
> sounded simply great.
> I think we have to play the way it sounds best and let the visual part go.
> If I get in shape I can stand for about 10 minutes.
> If I use special fingerings for high "C" and "B" that extends my endurance.
> Not playing Buffet clarinets, which require so much embouchure pressure
> just to keep the sound centered, especially in the upper clarion of the
> clarinet, and to control smooth legato, increases my endurance about 40%.
> Richard Stoltzman stands and I think he just bites the bullet and puts up
> with what ever pain there might be.
> Finally, playing a perfectly balanced reed/mouthpiece set up goes a long
> way to increasing endurance, sitting or standing.
> I can play hours, even when I am not in all that good of shape, if my
> reed/mouthpiece set up is well matched in terms of balance.
> Hope this helps.
> tom
> >
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