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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000201.txt from 1999/06

From: Terri Oda <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Standing is bad (further flame bait)
Date: Fri, 4 Jun 1999 14:13:57 -0400

> It's curious: Most singers would agree that standing is a
> better posture for singing than sitting, and as a singer, I
> can certainly tell the difference. I don't see why breath-
> production should be different between singing and playing
> single-reed instruments or flutes (though oboe is a different
> matter), yet when playing clarinet, I don't notice a difference
> in sound or the subjective feeling of breath support between
> standing and sitting.

At a guess, you probably have better posture for clarinet playing than you
do for any other activity you might do sitting. I know there are only two
times when I'm guaranteed to be sitting up straight -- One is for driving
(If I start slouching, I lose the mirror adjustment and can't see behind me)
and the other is for clarinet (apparently, I have at least one good habit!).
When I'm typing, I slowly slouch down into some horrid position, and I'm
ashamed to admit that even when I'm singing I'm likely to slouch if I don't
watch myself.

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