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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000809.txt from 2001/05

From: (Tony Pay)
Subj: [kl] Lips and teeth
Date: Mon, 28 May 2001 23:46:35 -0400

On Mon, 28 May 2001 15:45:48 -0700 (PDT), said:

> During this developmental period, there's basically little choice but
> to engage pressure from the jaw in order to modulate upward pressure
> by the lip upon the reed. The goal, however, is to get away from this
> method.

The 'goal' is rather to be able produce a variety of sounds that express
what's required by the music.

It may well be true that if we were in the very artificial situation
of having to construct one general announcement, to be broadcast
willy-nilly to the clarinet playing community, on the subject of the
forces between lips and teeth, then we would do better to say that the
lips should exert less rather than more force on the teeth.

This is because more people tend to err on the side of excessive force
of lips on teeth than on the side of insufficient force of lips on

But there are people of both types.

And if you want to say that you weren't talking about the force exerted
by the lips on the teeth, but the force exerted by the teeth on the
lips, then I refer you to Newton's first law of motion.

> It troubles me a little to see discussions where the idea of biting is
> referred to in a normative context, even when we're referring to the
> upper acoustical range of the instrument.

Does this contribution to the discussion fall under that heading?

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