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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000820.txt from 2001/05

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Lips and teeth (Steel jaws)
Date: Tue, 29 May 2001 06:34:17 -0400

At 10:06 AM 5/29/2001 +0100, Tony Wakefield wrote:
>I wonder how many self taught we have on this list, and what <they> may like
>to comment on re the above. And also indeed the same request to our
>sometimes quite forthright pro`s.

I was self-taught for the first two years. After that, I received three
years of lessons in college. I did not pick up saxophone until long after
that, but found that the adjustments to be made for sax were minimal. I
presume I was just a natural, since I don't recall any significant
embouchure changes made when I began formal study.

>...I wonder what would happen to our stamina, (and embouchure) if a 4 hour
>opera, or a Mahler symphony plus other items was on the prog., if one had to
>play on harder reeds because of the close facing mouthpieces which have been
>mentioned. Especially if we hadn`t taken our daily dose of Lucosade :<)

A close facing with a hard reed feels about the same to my embouchure as an
open facing with a softer reed. An open facing with a hard reed would be
the killer! The greater air resistance of the close facing will get to me,
though. It has caused me to largely abandon my O'Brien OB*/Mitchell Lurie
4 1/2 setup in favor of a Woodwind K10M/Vandoren 3. Now I don't feel like
an oboist! For jazz, I go even MORE open, with a Selmer C85 115 and
(currently) a Legere 3. But embouchure stamina does not vary significantly
from one to the other. It should not if the reed strength and facing are
well matched.

Bill Hausmann
451 Old Orchard Drive
Essexville, MI 48732 ICQ UIN 4862265

If you have to mic a saxophone, the rest of the band is TOO LOUD!

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