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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000820.txt from 2001/05

From: Bill Hausmann <bhausmann1@-----.com>
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
>Wagner
>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 bhausmann1@-----.com
451 Old Orchard Drive http://homepages.go.com/~zoot14/zoot14.html
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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