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Date: Fri, 2 Feb 2001 06:53:16 -0500

Actually I am plying klezmer style, and I am performing such passages quite
naturally. My conception of way to produce sound is strictly classical, but
the way I hold my lips is freely and that gives me the possibilities to
change colors of sound at my will. Also the "kneitshes" and "krakhtsen"
which is used so often in klezmer playing is performed by coordinate of
lips, air flow and fingers.

I hope it answers to your questions
thank you for admiring my CD

Moshe Berlin

Sulam - Klezmer music from the Land of Israel
P.O Box 331 Elkana 44814 Israel tel/fax + 972 3 9362082

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> This post is mostly to Moshe Berlin, who has posted here
> occasionally. Perhaps my question will also interest non-Klezmer
> players who squeak when they don't want to, or who (like myself) haven't
> figured out yet what it takes to intentionally make a drastic but
> predictable change in tone for a single note and then to return to the
> original tone.
> In passing, I want to recommend Moshe Berlin's CD titled "L'olam Lo
> Eshkach: Moshe Berlin & Klezmers playing Carlebach". I've only
> listened to the first track (several times) so far, but it's excellent
> music with a "big band" flavor and the melody carried principally by the
> clarinet and a flute. Perhaps there are some electronic instruments in
> the background, I can't tell for sure.
> ....enough preamble, here's my question:
> It's difficult to separate the effects of klezmer scales and note
> bending from the effects of changing tone color, but 1 minute 20 seconds
> into track #1, which has more the feel of a lullaby than of a bouncy
> dance, Moshe Berlin bends a longer note (perhaps a quarter note?) _and_
> simultaneously abandons the 'round' tone of the lullaby-like melody and
> replaces it with a more 'squeal-ish and jagged' tone.
> I emphasize that this change in tone color is not a 'yip' that
> lasts only during the note's attack. This is a longer legato note that
> maintains its 'jagged squeal-ish' color for the entire note, and then
> the clarinet returns on the next note to the 'round lullaby-like' color.
> (This happens just a few seconds before the flute solo. A similar but
> less pronounced version of it is 0 minutes 56 seconds into track #1.)
> Mr. Berlin, is there anything that you would care to post about
> embouchure, tongue, jaw or whatever else that would help me to visualize
> what it takes to do this and then to return to the lullaby-like tone?
> Thank you,
> Bill
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