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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000240.txt from 2002/02

From: "Bruce Hunter" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Bass clarinet problems
Date: Fri, 15 Feb 2002 11:19:19 -0500

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From: "George Kidder" <>
Subject: [kl] Bass clarinet problems
> 1) When I finger throat G or C above the staff, (only the thumb on =
> horn) how do I keep the instrument from moving away from me? I use a =
> and a neck strap,
(F and C, of course)
I use a peg and a neckstrap also. I find that for me, a very amount of =
pressure towards me with the rh thumb in the hook suffices to keep the =
instrument in place, assuming (uh-oh!) that I have the instrument more =
or less balanced in the first place. Both hands/fingers are also in very =
light contact with keys/keywork.
> 2) This same C is very hard to make speak reliably. It wants to =
> with the G below, or break into altissimo. Is this a common problem =
> I should attack by practice and reeds, or does it signal an undetected =

> mechanical problem which I should find and fix?
Once mechanical problems have been eliminated, then it most likely is a =
reed/mouthpiece/ligature/embouchure problem. Finding the next two =
octaves of notes also kinda takes the worry out of that C.

Bruce Hunter


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