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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000826.txt from 2001/05

From: "David McClune" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Lips and teeth (Steel jaws)
Date: Tue, 29 May 2001 08:57:10 -0400

Pressure on the reed is not evil! The reed has to be compressed against =
the facing and closed off quite a bit before the tone centers. The age =
old debate is how the vertical pressure is applied.

1. The jaw closes or bites against the lower lip, thus against the reed.
2. The upper lip pushes down.
3. The lower lip is tight against the reed.
4. There is a tight "O" with the lips.
5. No jaw pressure at all, but the lips supports the reed.
6. Press the mouthpiece and reed into the lips. =20

Lets see,

The whole point of having a pulled down and flat chin is to help tighten =
the muscles of the lower lip, which serve to protect the lip from the =
pressure that is applied to partially close the reed against the facing. =
The lower lip hurts from the 'bite' when there is not sufficient muscle =
strength in the lip. =20

The best description I have heard of the correct pressure is: Blow just =
the mouthpiece/reed/ligature and the squawk should be a 1/8-1/4 step sharp =
concert c3. =20

The stronger the lip muscles, the less apparent pressure is used. A =
weight lifter easily lifts a 50 bag of sand (I loaded 5 into my car this =
morning) and I struggle with it. However the 50 lbs. has not changed, =
only the perception of effort required to lift it.

Speaking of...time for scales and morning lip exercises!


Dr. David McClune
Professor of Woodwinds
Director of Bands
Union University
Jackson, TN 38305


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