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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000774.txt from 2001/02

From: fred jacobowitz <fbjacobo@-----.com>
Subj: Re: [kl] gliss
Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2001 12:43:11 -0500

Rien,
The simple answer to your question is that there
are probably very few Jazzers/Folkies on this list and
a true Gliss is done completely with the throat. this
is a folk technique which is not only relatively
unknown to "trained" players but is in fact TABOO. It
involves doing everything we symphony-style players
are trained not to do! I am a black sheep. I play Jazz
and Klezmer and Balkan music and do this regularly.
To put it succinctly, in order to do real Glisses
you need to constrict the throat to the point that you
are actually bending the pitch. (So much for either
tone or pitch control, much less air support!) At that
point, you use your lip and your throat to do all the
work. It is that same technique as the altissimo on a
saxophone. As for the fingers, they stay pretty much
on the holes depending on your reed and the specific
register of the gliss. If this makes any sense at all,
then I am a bloody pedagogical genius ;-) Good luck.

Fred Jacobowitz
Kol Simcha band

--- Rien Stein <rstein@-----.nl> wrote:
> Several times I put on this list the question how to
> make a glissando Many
> people have reacted, but, remakably enough, all
> about glissandoing up. Most
> of the responses were about finger movements, none
> about what to do with
> your embouchure, which, in my moderate and
> unexperienced opinion, is very
> important. And what about pasing the break?
>
> Is on this list someone, who lives near enough to
> teach me, how to make one?
> Let's say one from D2 down to G1 and back? And from
> G1 up till C3 or higher?
>
> Rien
>
>
>
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