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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000700.txt from 2000/07

From: "Dee D. Hays" <deehays@-----.net>
Subj: Re: [kl] Single v. Double
Date: Thu, 20 Jul 2000 14:57:46 -0400

----- Original Message -----
From: "Karel Vahala" <vahalakv@-----.au>
Subject: Re: [kl] Single v. Double

> 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
> level.
> 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?
>
> Karel.

I only use it for remedial purposes. The reason is that there is a very
slight gap between my two front and the lip gets pulled in between them
especially toward the bottom. That hurts even though I am not biting when I
do this.

Dee Hays

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