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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000944.txt from 1999/04

From: "Dodgshun family" <dodgshun@-----.nz>
Subj: Re: [kl] Orthodontic Surgery and the Clarinet
Date: Wed, 21 Apr 1999 15:31:06 -0400

>When I took my daughter to do her grade 2 clarinet exam recently there
>was another girl there doing grade 7 (these are UK Associated Board
>grades, which go from 1 to 8, so grade 7 is pretty advanced). She had a
>brace on her upper teeth, but from what I could hear of her from the
>other room it didn't seem to inhibit her playing. Chatting to her
>Mother meanwhile, she said that her daughter took a week or two to
>adjust to playing while wearing the brace, but thereafter it didn't
>bother her at all.
>
I had braces on my lower teeth for four years. It took a little while for
my lip to harden up (playing hurt like anything until it did!) but once my
lip was toughened up, clarinet playing was no problem. One of the
trumpeters I know actually had special plastic guards made - they slipped
over his braces whenever he played. I didn't find that to be necessary, but
for some people it might be.

Anna

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