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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000235.txt from 2000/04

From: David Blumberg <>
Subj: [kl] re: Tone - the quick way
Date: Thu, 6 Apr 2000 18:49:28 -0400 (Tony Pay) Date: Thu, 06 Apr 2000 22:31:55 +0100
Subject: Re: [kl] re: Recruiting students On Thu, 06 Apr 2000 17:00:22
-0400, said: > > > From David Blumberg: It cracks me up
when a student comes in for a > > > first lesson after studying with
basically a babysitter, and 5 > > > minutes later their sound goes from
crap to quality. > > (I want that 5 minutes with David!!) So do I. Tony


Voicing, air speed, lip placement, and Reed-MP are all things that can be
quickly adjusted in a younger student to get a good sound. I do it all the
time - not exagerating. I put a good combo Reed-MP, show the student how to
position his lip, lip pressure, cheeks, etc. and support the sound, and
boom - much better tone.

Of course the quality may vary ;)

The 5 minutes with Tony would be 5 minutes of me shaking his hand ;)
If Bill Stickevers is still a member of this list, he can maybe back me up
on my diagnostic speed. He was one of the winners of the Audition
Competition this past ClarFest, and I worked with him for it. A couple of
words well placed can make a big difference. Of course to make major
changes takes time, but to diagnose a problem often does not - especially
in a younger student.


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