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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000741.txt from 2000/07

From: "Keith" <>
Subj: [kl] Dental recommendation request
Date: Fri, 21 Jul 2000 09:33:34 -0400

I think we need a recap. As I understand it, this person is already an
excellent clarinettist, who has developed (unspecified)dental problems in
her front teeth, for which some kind of treatment is necessary anyway. The
question is, which type will be best for clarinet playing afterwards. The
comments on double lip playing have all been most interesting, but I suspect
are not the way this individual will be helped.

After my own front teeth dental work, which was more like a civil
engineering bridge than a dental one, I had no relearning phase at all.
Rather it was like returning to the conditions I had many years ago :-).

I'd agree that a learner should not have dental surgery in order to play the

Keith Bowen

> I have not been following this thread very closely, but it seems
> to me that
> not everyone is meant to play the clarinet. Dental surgery seems pretty
> drastic. Afterward, the person in question would have to start all over
> anyway. Perhaps a string instrument or the piano is the answer.
> As for the double-lip embochure, I am not familiar with the
> playing of Dr.
> Stein or Mr. Ridenour, but it might be a good idea to give them
> their playing
> a listen before you take their advice with such a drastic measure. Great
> players such as Harold Wright and Ralph McLane used it
> wonderfully, but Benny
> Goodman's playing suffered (in my opinion) after changing to double lip
> around 1950 or so, on the advice of Reginald Kell.
> I also wouldn't assume that pain is automatically caused by
> "biting." As I
> said, not everyone is meant to play the clarinet.
> David Hattner, NYC
> ------------------------------

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