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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000684.txt from 2001/07

From: stewart kiritz <kiritz@-----.net>
Subj: Re: [kl] Opus or Concerto and Stewart's Embouchure Problem
Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2001 00:53:31 -0400

Thanks for your response, Gene. I am glad you are having a good experience
getting back to playing. Unfortunately, I think there must be some type of
neurological issue in my case. I am crossing my fingers that it doesn't get
worse, and is limited to whatever muscle weakness is causing this speicific
problem. I, too, had no problem getting back to playing a few years ago.
The problem I am having now started about 6 months ago. Fortunately, it
does not seem to be getting worse, and is better when I play a softer reed,
usually a #3 instead of a #3.5 allows me to play for a total of 45 minutes
to an hour, with a few breaks in between.

I do intend to keep playing at this level and have more sessions with breaks
in between in the hopes that the muscles involved with strengthen
themselves. It is all very puzzling. I'll let you know how it goes. And
I'm only 59!

Stewart Kiritz

P.S. As a returnee to the clarinet, I attended Clarinetfest a few years ago
and plan to be in New Orleans this year. The depth of playing has improved
tremendously since both of us started. I'm sure you would enjoy going, if
you are as serious about playing as you sound.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Gene Nibbelin" <gnibbelin@-----.com>
Subject: RE: [kl] Opus or Concerto and Stewart's Embouchure Problem

> Stewart -
>
> I have never experienced the problem that you are having with your
> embouchure. When I returned to playing in 1996, I soon reached a point
that
> I practiced 1 hour AM and 1 hour PM every day. I now practice 2 to 4
hours
> a day generally in one evening session and have missed very few days since
> 1996.
>
> I just finished a 3 hour session: half on Langenus and Baermann III and
half
> on the Brahms Sonata No. 1.
>
> My guess would be that, if there is no neurological problem, gradually
> increasing your practice time, with considerable time spent on long tones.
> Long tones are what built my embouchure quickly back in 1996. Langenus
and
> Kroepsch helped rebuild my technique.
>
> General info: My set-up is: Leblanc Concerto, Goldbeck mouthpiece, 1.02
> tip (Goldbeck taught the elder Kaspar), Rovner Eddie Daniels ligature,
> Vandoren V12 31/2 reeds (after I work on them, they are probably closer to
> 33/4). Oh yes, I'll be 73 next Monday and still going strong. (Clarinet
is
> my "golf" and "anti-senility medicine").
>
> Gene Nibbelin
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: stewart kiritz [mailto:kiritz@-----.net]
> Sent: Wednesday, July 25, 2001 4:22 PM
> To: klarinet@-----.org
> Subject: Re: [kl] Opus or Concerto
>
> Gene,
>
> As a fellow returnee to the clarinet after many years, have you noticed
any
> weakness in the jaw or mouth muscles? This has been bothering me for
> months, even though I play every day for 30 to 40 minutes. I seem to need
> to rest the chops every 10 minutes or so. And as recently as a year ago I
> never had this problem. As recently as 4 years ago I played for hours
with
> no problem. I stopped again, then started about 2 years ago. This
> time...problems.
>
> Stewart Kiritz
>
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Gene Nibbelin" <gnibbelin@-----.com>
> To: <klarinet@-----.org>
> Sent: Wednesday, July 25, 2001 12:43 PM
> Subject: RE: [kl] Opus or Concerto
>
>
> > Jo -
> >
> > I purchased my pair of Concertos about 3 years ago. They suited my
needs
> > exactly and they are wonderful instruments.
> > I liked the Leblancs much better than the Buffet R-13s that I tried,
after
> > always regarding the Buffet as the "Holy Grail" of clarinets. I was
very
> > disappointed with the Buffets.
> >
> > I have also tried my teacher's 15 year old R-13 but still much prefer my
> > Concertos. He has tried my Concerto and liked it very much. I think
that
> > he is a little bit envious of my horns. My Concertos are in better tune
> > with themselves and Leblanc has corrected many of the intonation
problems
> > that seem to exist in many Buffets.
> >
> > As noted by another lister, the Concertos have conventional trill keys.
I
> > considered the Opus when buying my horns but was dissuaded by the fact
> that
> > the Principal Clarinet with the Southwest Florida Symphony had the left
> hand
> > G#/D# key removed because he had little use for it and he found it
clumsy
> to
> > use. The additional cost for little additional benefit for me was also
a
> > factor.
> >
> > As I have posted numerous times on the list, I am a retiree who returned
> to
> > the clarinet after a 40+ year hiatus. I am an advanced amateur for whom
> > playing the clarinet is my "golf".
> >
> > Gene Nibbelin
> > Cape Coral, FL
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: J m [mailto:jmarsh119@-----.uk]
> > Sent: Wednesday, July 25, 2001 1:42 PM
> > To: klarinet@-----.org
> > Subject: [kl] Opus or Concerto
> >
> > I am thinking of buying a new Leblanc Bb clarinet and
> > am torn between the Opus and the Concerto. In the long
> > term how useful is the extra Ab/Eb key on the Opus?
> > Some people say that the Concerto has a more lyrical
> > sound...also the 189SL model has in line "jump" trill
> > keys while the Opus has offset trill keys. I know that
> > it's a matter of personal preference and obviously I
> > will try both, but I would really value the opinion of
> > any one who has played either instrument over a period
> > of time. Thanks.
> > Jo Marsh
> >
> > Do You Yahoo!?
> > Get your free @-----.uk
> > or your free @-----.ie
> >
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