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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000389.txt from 2001/05

From: (Tony Pay)
Subj: Re: [kl] Professor Wheeler's tongue
Date: Tue, 15 May 2001 11:37:11 -0400

On Tue, 15 May 2001 08:17:34 -0500, said:

> > It would also be interesting to verify the guess that lay behind my
> > suggestion -- namely, that Wheeler's 'change of register' tongue
> > movements are the same when he whistles.
> I was not implying that the change of register for whistling is the
> same exact tongue movement as it is for clarinet.

No, and I suppose it would be unlikely, thinking about it a bit more.
It would still be interesting to know how the two differ, if they do.
Still, that direct connection was the sort of thing I was hoping for,
and what made *me* think of whistling, which I hadn't done before. I'd
only thought before about vowel-shapes.

In that regard, I was quite struck by Wheeler's suggestion that we
are fooling ourselves, and that vowel-imaginings only make a difference
to tone *via the embouchure*. It's certainly true that it's difficult
to make tongue movements independently of embouchure movements, if you
perform Wheeler's experiment with vowel-shaping as he suggests.

Anyway, his work makes unequivocal that back-of-tongue movements are
essential to register selection, and I'm pleased that that fits in with
my old post about hippopotami playing clarinets!

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