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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000351.txt from 2001/05

Subj: [kl] tongue placement. Was Breathing and Support
Date: Sun, 13 May 2001 00:00:08 -0400

A Clarinet / Saxophone specialist who passed away a few years ago actually
did a Doctorate on the technique mentioned below and found that - Yes - the
tongue position moving during singing is related to playing and, as such, is
important in tone production and tuning.

The way I teach it is very simple to get students to sing/hum the relevant
pitch at an octave that is comfortable. Usually this is for learners
producing a high C on the clarinet. Once they can sing the C (concert
Bflat) they have less of a problem playing the note.

The doctorate found out a lot more about embouchure and tonguing, but I'll
have to find a copy to let you know more.

Rina D'Cruz

>From: "Tony Wakefield" <>
>To: <>
>Subject: Re: [kl] Article: Breathing and Support
>Date: Sat, 12 May 2001 5:45 AM

> Tony Pay relates that:-
>> For me, the most interesting bit was the simplest -- namely the
>> assertion that the back of the tongue moves down and forward as the
>> frequency of the played note increases. So, for higher notes, your
>> tongue is lower, and for lower notes, higher in the mouth.
> Surely this is but whisker away from vocal technique. But I fail to see why
> Prof. R.L. wheeler states that it should not be (cannot be?) taught.
> T.W.

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