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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000263.txt from 2000/04

From: "Dee D. Hays" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Dave's 5-minute fix
Date: Fri, 7 Apr 2000 12:48:55 -0400

----- Original Message -----
From: "Christopher Hill" <>
Subject: [kl] Dave's 5-minute fix

> ... [snip] As an example of a quick fix:
> one teacher in this area has her students play with their heads down,
> blowing directly into the instrument as if they had their head up and
> the clarinet straight out. In order to try to give them some semblence
> of control, they play super hard reeds which I couldn't get much sound
> out of, at least not on that mouthpiece. After being told some basics,
> such as "keep your head up, clarinet down, and use a reasonable reed/
> mouthpiece set-up," they sound much better. (BTW, I work with these
> students when they come to me after they graduate, so as not to
> interfere with their current teacher. I don't recruit students from
> others.) Another teacher, from a different town, taught his students
> that the tongue should never touch the reed. During the clinic I gave, I
> described how to tongue correctly, and there was marked improvement. I
> hear that he now teaches this type of articulation.

With the plethora of books available on the clarinet, how can such teachers
even exist? Most public libraries that I have been to have at least one of
the "classics" such as Stein for example. Although I don't play as well as
I would like to, at least I know what I am *supposed* to do. I just don't
devote enough hours to working on it.

Dee Hays
Canton, SD

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