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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001122.txt from 1999/04

From: Noggin the Nog
Subj: Re: [kl] ears and lips: nose?
Date: Tue, 27 Apr 1999 19:21:12 -0400

On Tue, 27 Apr 1999 17:24:29 -0400, said:

> Following the Ridenour-Pay-et al. thread with fascination. I play
> actually with my nose. I find that when I am playing etudes or
> whatever and sounding my best I'm starting the tones from so high in
> my head that it's practically my nasal cavity (don't mean to be
> indelicate here). Now, what is hard for me is playing with brass right
> behind me (I have started played in an orchestra for the first time in
> my life). If I cannot *hear* myself, I cannot *play* and only a squeak
> comes out. In other words, I'm robbed of everything I need to produce
> and shape a note. Truly, this is a distressing thing--I plan to take a
> blasting (!) mouthpiece next rehearsal (perhaps my new and
> unpredictably incredible plastic Bay MO-M), yet know that if I cannot
> hear myself, I may as well put the instrument on my lap.
> Bill Fogle
> Washington, DC

A promising beginning. Formatting could be better in the original.

7 out of 10 for effort.

Noggin the Nog

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