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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001093.txt from 1999/04

From: Richard Bush <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Tuners / not what they are cracked up to be
Date: Mon, 26 Apr 1999 16:55:39 -0400

Karen Harker wrote:
> Tuning is an art. Whether all, or even most people can learn it effectively is open for debate. But it definitely requires certain skills, the easiest one to impart would be to listen for the 'wa-wa's - the warbeling of tone between two notes. The faster the warbeling, the greater the difference between the tones. One more thing is that most people can notice flatness much more easily than sharpness.
> I use a little keyboard (A@-----.
> I recently shifted from the oboe to the clarinet, and I never realized how hard it was to tune a clarinet. Keeping an oboe in tune requires shifting the location of the reed in the mouth ever so slightly (among other things), but not so much with the clarinet. Furthermore, I am terribly sharp in the lower register and fairly flat in the higher register.
> So, I would like to know how to balance this variety. Does anybody have some generalized techniques that work for them keeping in mind the differences between instruments?
> Thanks.
> Karen R. Harker
> UT Southwestern Medical Library
> 5323 Harry Hines Blvd.
> Dallas, TX 75235-9049
> 214-648-5073


It would help to know about your set up. What kind of clarinet and mouthpiece
are you playing on? Also, what are you using for reeds?

I have some suspicions but will reserve them until you can give a little more information.

Please write back. I think there are many people here who will offer good suggestions.

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