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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000520.txt from 2002/02

From: "M BRINK" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] starting beginners
Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2002 14:02:19 -0500

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From: jennifer dobrenz <>
Subject: [kl] starting beginners

> I, too, am a flute player teaching woodwinds in various schools. (I
> on sax from 5-8th grade, switched to flute in high school, and also played
> around with clarinet through high school and college.) All the woodwind
> embouchures came naturally to me, so I haven't yet figured out how to get
> the cheek puffers to stop puffing their cheeks.
> Also, most of my clarinet students, complete beginners who I've started
> myself, as well as the more experienced ones I just inherited, are
> to use alternate fingerings. They insist it is easier to slide, and no
> amount of coaxing, explaining, or demonstrating how much easier they are,
> seems to convince them! Is this common?
> Thanks for any advice you might have,
> Jennifer
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