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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000798.txt from 2000/04

From: Audrey Travis <>
Subj: Re: [kl] The tip of the clip or not to clip.....That
Date: Wed, 19 Apr 2000 09:45:17 -0400

Thanks, Walter. I've got a much better idea now.

Audrey wrote:

> In a message dated 4/18/00 9:46:18 PM Central Daylight Time,
> writes:
> << Walter, the rest of your post I understood, but as a beginner, I'm
> unclear about
> > the statement above. What do you mean "the tip must extend back evenly
> across
> > the reed"? I'm sure the pros on the list understand this, but could you
> please
> > give me a longer explanation of exactly what I would need to do to test
> this?
> It's a matter of semantics. I'm pretty sure Walter was referring to the
> *flexibility* of the tip of the reed, not just the tip of the reed itself.
> Re-read his statement with this interpretation in mind.
> >>
> This is great, a classic case of read my mind. By definition the tip of the
> reed, what ever shape it is in, extends across the reed!
> I will endeavor to make myself clear, running on yet only ONE cup of coffee
> so far, this may be difficult.
> I my view of the world, the extreme tip of the reed can be viewed (mentally)
> as a 2 mm deep section of the reed that accomplishes the final vibration of
> the reed, and actually meets the similarily shaped "tip rail" of the
> mouthpiece.
> As I write this, I am looking at my index finger, which has a nail somewhat
> in need of trimming. There is a clear semi-circle visible above the "pink
> stuff" that visually reminds me of how I want to think of my reeds. (OK If
> this is too far out, ignore this paragraph, and NO I don't do any drugs,
> living with THIS brain is psychedilc enough).
> Behind this "fingernail" shaped flexible tip, is a more resistant area that
> begins to become thicker, but not evenly, more as a parabolic shape, with the
> resistance in the center of the reed and more flexibility on the sides.
> Anyway, that defines what I call the "flexible" tip of the reed. If when
> clipping, you remove too much of this flexible tip, you must restore the tip
> or the reed with become harsh, buzzy, unresponsive, etc.
> Learning to shape the tip of the reed is to me, essential to the production
> of clear focused tone, especially in the critical throat tones. Also, the tip
> rail of the mouthpiece must be "sympatico" with what the reed is trying to do.
> OK,,,That's the Walter view of the Universe.
> Wish I could draw a picture here.......
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