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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000680.txt from 2000/07

From: Karel Vahala <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Single v. Double
Date: Thu, 20 Jul 2000 04:35:31 -0400

Neil, you are right that I was generalising. I am quoting Tom Ridenour
who pushes the double-lip very strongly, as does Keith Stein, in their books. I
rather assumed that it was safe to quote them on this topic. I have attempted to
convert to one myself, and although I am a beginner (18 months), it seems to me that
I have an improved control over the reed.
Although to start with I felt fairly powerless and inadequate without
the anchor of the front teeth, perseverance paid off and after about 2 months I
automatically exclude the teeth.
It seems to me that someone who can play for only 20 minutes before pain
in the teeth sets in must surely be "biting" on the reed well beyond the acceptable
The double-lip embouchure, in my understanding, is also used as a remedial exercise
for correcting heavy bite. Thus it would improve technique and financial liquidity
of the friend more efficiently than dental surgery, unless this is required anyway.
Any thoughts on this and the double-lip from others on the list?


Neil Leupold wrote:

> --- Karel Vahala <> wrote:
> > If she were to convert to a double-lip embouchure she would save herself a
> > lot of expense. This does take some perseverance but is achieveable, and
> > according to many, does lead to better control of tone.
> An interesting generalization. "According to many" *who*? I play single
> and double lip interchangeably (i.e.; with equal comfortability and facility)
> and have done so for many years. There is no difference for me in my ability
> to control tone, or any other aspect of clarinet technique. I'd like to hear
> from others who have developed equal comfortability with both embouchure styles.
> Neil
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