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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000502.txt from 2001/04

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Highest Clarinet Notes -- ReReReVisited
Date: Sun, 22 Apr 2001 09:26:02 -0400

At 11:30 PM 4/21/2001 -0400, Bobngayenewman wrote:
>...Certainly a fairly stiff reed is a requirement, although Benny Goodman was
>notorious for using soft (2,2.5) reeds. The note he hit (most likely
>accidentally) at the end of his Sing, Sing, Sing chorus at Carnegie Hall in
>1938 was B3 (solid) up to D3 (squeak?).

"Notorious?" Seems like a strong word. I like "successful." It all
depends on your embouchure (and I'm quite sure his was sufficiently
strong), mouthpiece, and type of music you play. With all the note bending
and vibrato in jazz, a soft reed and more open mouthpiece tend to work
better. I, for one, think the D3 was entirely intentional,even if a bit
weak due to that combination. After all, in the music he was playing, he
very seldom had cause to go that high, so why have his setup biased to
favor that range?

Bill Hausmann
451 Old Orchard Drive
Essexville, MI 48732 ICQ UIN 4862265

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