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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000316.txt from 2001/05

Subj: Re: [kl] Article: Breathing and Support
Date: Fri, 11 May 2001 08:12:26 -0400

At 11:30 AM 05/11/2001 +0100, you wrote:
>Wheeler also makes the assertion that there is no easy way, other than
>playing the clarinet, to ascertain whether your tongue is in the correct
>position, and that teaching methods need to take account of that fact,
>and allow the student progressively to discover the correct tongue
>placements. According to him, direct instruction cannot be followed
>voluntarily, and so should not be given.

William Stubbins, "Essentials of Technical Dexterity for the Clarinet"
(Piasano Press......did I spell that correctly?) makes great use of a
series of Flexibility Studies that deals specifically with tongue placement
- although he never really mentions tongue placement.

Overblowing the harmonics/overtones on the clarinet (eg. Middle C/Clarion
G/Altissimo E/Altissimo A.....) on a single fingering helps identify
position of the aural cavity for generating the correct general pitch. The
fingerings and register key bring the notes in tune.

There are ways to teach "correct" voicing/tongue position without having to
actually deal with the tongue.

Best wishes,
Roger Garrett

Roger Garrett
Clarinet Professor
Director, Symphonic Winds
Illinois Wesleyan University
School of Music
Bloomington, IL 61702-2900
Phone: (309) 556-3268
Fax: (309) 556-3121

"A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes
Jean Paul Richter (1763-1825)

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