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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000569.txt from 2001/07

From: Ann H Satterfield <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Tuning a mouthpiece
Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2001 22:29:36 -0400

On Thu, 19 Jul 2001 01:01:49 -0400 "John J. O'Neill" <>
> There has been a lot of talk recently about mouthpiece tuning, but I
> find that I am very confused about this subject. Somewhere I heard
> or read that a mouthpiece is tuned if you can produce an F# or a G in
> the clarion register, using only the mouthpiece, reed, and ligature.
> This is probably all wrong and, by saying it, I have surely revealed my
> 'ignorantia vix credibilis' to the whole world!


I wonder if what you are referring to is a step some teachers use when
starting beginners, to focus on just embouchure and air by having them
play just the mouthpiece and barrel.
When embouchure and airspeed are working, the pitch will be
'around' a concert F#.

If you have access to David Pino's book "The clarinet and clarinet
playing" he describes this in detail in the chapter 5, Embouchure and
Tone Production.


Ann Satterfield
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Central Florida~~~~~~~
Principal clarinet, Imperial SO & Music Manager, ISO
Adjunct Faculty & Instrumental Assistant PolkCC

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