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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000836.txt from 2000/09

From: Schaffner Thomas <schaffne@-----.ch>
Subj: Re: [kl] Mouthpiece suggestions, please.
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2000 11:20:17 -0400

my pennys worth:
1) offer a mouthpiece with a medium long, moderately to slightly open facing
(VanDoren B45, Selmer C120/85).
2) offer the softest reed possible (i.e. a 2) until the muscles controlling
embouchure have adapted (trained) sufficiently. As he goes along he will
find 21/2 and 3's easier and longer lasting. If he closes up on a
reasonnable #2 then the embouchure is likely to tight (biting). Use long
tones (4 to 8 seconds) from open G down to train at least 10 minutes a day.
3) only then consider a shorter, closer facing and harder reeds.
3) instruct him how to break in slowly and store reeds so they keep a flat
bottom, check the reeds for him.

Mouthpiece suggestions, please.

> For example, a 2.5 completely closes up. A 3.0 is
> like a 2x4 for him. (He is putting his lower lip in the correct
position.)
> I haven't used anything but VanDorens for years, and that's all I have on
> hand, so I thought I would get an opinion, rather than spending money on
> something -- or several somethings -- that won't improve the situation.
>
> Thanks, Jim

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