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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000394.txt from 2001/05

From: Richard Bush <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Professor Wheeler's tongue
Date: Tue, 15 May 2001 14:16:52 -0400

While there have been many efforts to explore, even with x ray devices
what actually happens within one's body when playing and articulating on
a musical instrument, there is no definitive answer to these haunting
questions. This thread has focused on the manipulative powers of the
tongue to modulate tone, but little has been said about how and where
the throat might be part of the equation.

Much of what a wind player does to make his or her instrument respond is
a complex mix of events happening before wind enters the instrument.
This set up probably starts at the belly button, involves the vocal
chord area of the throat, the soft pallet, the back of the tongue, the
internal dimensions of the mouth as determined by the degree or drop of
the jaw and then the vowel configuration or formation of the tongue. The
embouchure is then the last controlling factor before the actual
mechanism of reed and mouthpiece come into play.

This kind of thread on this news group is highly constructive. It
represents a most thoughtful input by many knowledgeable people. I'm
enjoying it.

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