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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000317.txt from 2000/04

From: "Karl Krelove" <>
Subj: RE: [kl] re: Tone - the quick way
Date: Sat, 8 Apr 2000 15:18:30 -0400

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Michael Lawrence []
> Sent: Saturday, April 08, 2000 2:40 PM
> To:
> Subject: RE: [kl] re: Tone - the quick way
>... thank you for telling me not to look at the visual aspects- I
> currently do neither (visual or audial(?)) and just pick up the
> next reed in
> the box until it gives out. I know this must be horrible (well, not the
> best...) for my sound, and I wish to improve it, I just do not
> know how. I
> have looked into other reeds and such (I currently play on a
> Vandoren V12),
> but I know there has to be some individual care for any reed.

Michael, do you study with a private clarinet teacher? Is there a
professional orchestra or chamber music outlet near you (I don't know where
you live)? The most important things for you right now are to hear good
clarinet playing and to have someone who plays well give you feedback about
the sounds you're producing. To accomplish your "wish to improve" your
sound, you need some fairly clear idea of what is wrong with it that needs
improvement. Certainly, just taking the next reed from the box and plunking
it on the mouthpiece (as you've said yourself) won't give you any
consistency. But choosing good reeds involves making judgments about whether
or not the reed helps you produce the sound you want. Hence you need to have
a sound in mind that you want to produce. In a way, it isn't choosing good
reeds that turns out to be the fundamental problem, its choosing good

Karl Krelove

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