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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000782.txt from 2001/02

From: (Tony Pay)
Subj: Re: [kl] gliss
Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2001 14:49:33 -0500

On Tue, 20 Feb 2001 18:42:18 GMT, I said:

> If you now play as though to obtain a clarion note, with a normal
> embouchure (ie, not relaxed at all) you'll find you get something
> flatter than the A, but with a very strange, almost strangled quality.
> Also, you'll find, if you experiment by putting your tongue in
> different positions -- rather as you do when whistling -- that you can
> change the pitch of what's coming out, first of all through a third or
> a fourth, but eventually as much as an octave.

I was writing this 'from memory', so I thought I'd better go and check
it out. (I haven't done this particular experiment for quite a bit.
Which was a good thing, because what's above is misleading.)

You're better off thinking of what comes out as anything between high F#
(three ledger lines above the stave) and D (second from top line of the
stave). There's a sort of glitch in the swoops you can do, as the
instrument goes between the second and third harmonic. But think around
top D and C to start with, and then see if you can get the notes lower
than that, approaching the D, E and F an octave lower (top 2 lines of
the stave).

You might find the sound wobbles and whinnies a lot to start with. Blow
more firmly, and keep your embouchure stable.

Oh, and put your cat (or anything animate, come to that) out of the room

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