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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000374.txt from 2000/04

From: webler1 <>
Subj: RE: [kl] clarinet register exercise
Date: Sun, 9 Apr 2000 22:06:11 -0400

Hopefully I can explain my suggestion clearly. I usually do this exercise
with C rather than D, but the D should work fine. Have the student make a
long E sound before putting the Clarinet in the mouth. This raises the
back of the tongue. By manipulating the tongue up the study should be able
to play the upper partial. That is assuming that their embouchure is
correct and they are using enough air pressure.

Although improper voicing can cause this problem it is more than likely, in
my opinion, that the student(s) is/are not providing enough air support.
They set themselves up for failure because they fail to support the B-flat
and when they have to go to the G the air that is needed for this note to
speak is not there. Most young clarinetist, that I have dealt with, do not
understand how much air support is needed to play the clarinet. I am
constantly reminding myself, and being reminded by my teacher...."More
Air". It is the most difficult concept I have tried to get across to my
students. I have had one student understand on the first lesson. She came
in the next week with a totally different sound quality. It was much for
focused and "round". I'd like to think it was because I explained it so
well. However, I think she is just real bright.

Let me know if this helps. I think Tom Ridenour has written some articles
on the position of the tongue, that are on the sneezy archives somewhere.

Jay Webler
Jay's Clarinet and Percussion

-----Original Message-----
From: Kevin Johnson []
Subject: [kl] clarinet register exercise

I am a non-clarinet playing band director in need of help with some advice
that my solo/ensemble contest judge gave me.

My clarinet players were having trouble getting from throat tone Bb to the
G above that. The G would always speak, but nearly a split second later
than the soloist wanted it to respond.

My judge told me to have the student play a regular D and have the student
play two overtones above that using the same fingering. By players are
trying in lessons, but we can't get anything but the D to speak. I know
this exercise works something with the direction of air, but I need help in
how to apply and work this exercise. Thanks!!

Kevin Johnson

Kevin Johnson
Band director/technology coordinator
406 NE Grant
Greenfield, IA. 50849
www.nod-valley.k12.ia.usgeneral echindex.htm

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