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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000525.txt from 2000/09

From: "Dan the Rubber Band Man" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Beginners Emboucher
Date: Sun, 17 Sep 2000 14:26:27 -0400

Sorry for the miscomunication, and the spelling error, but I am using the
mtp. to demonstrate it. but they still find it humorous. the imiturity thing
might have something to do with it. I have just started teaching them, and
when I ran out of ideas to help them understand I almost resorted to trying
to teach them Saxaphone embouchure instead, because the rubberband theology
is alot easier than the clarinet theology. I just can't really describe it
to them in words that would help them understand. sometimes it's
frustrating, but it's more because I can't think of the words than the fact
that they are laughing. I have to admit, when I first started it was funny
to me also.
But the technique is what I'm having a hard time teaching them. I took
the mtp. off and the barrell and made them play that with a tuner, because
that is how I was taught begginning embouchure, and one of them kinda got
the idea, but them my band director told her the oposite (he's a brass
player.) And she reverted back to the original puckerandblow embouchure. I
hope I've explained the problem a little better this time. If there's still
any uncertainty to my question please ask. cuz I'm at a loss for ideas on
how to teach it to them and make them understand. Thanks.


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----- Original Message -----
From: "William Wright" <>
Subject: Re: [kl] Beginners Emboucher

<><> Dan the Rubber Band Man wrote:

they can't form [an embouchure] without laughing and then they smile and
it's gone.

Rubber Band Man, this may be stretching a point <heh! heh!>, but it
sounds to me as if you're trying to demonstrate proper embouchure
without a mouthpiece actually being in the mouth. Yes, I can imagine
that this would crack up most students -- including myself, frankly.
If I'm reading you correctly, this seems like the wrong way to go
because your students won't be focused on the sensory feedback of a
mouthpiece+reed actually being in the mouth.
On the other hand, if students laugh simply because they put a mpc
in their mouth, then I think it's time to tell them (in sympathetic
manner) to shape up or ship out -- because they're stretching your
patience to the snapping point.


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