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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000028.txt from 2002/05

From: "Jay Webler" <webler1@-----.com>
Subj: Re: [kl] New to the list
Date: Wed, 1 May 2002 13:35:56 -0400

It works, if done properly, because it speeds
up and focuses the air into the mouthpiece.
Using the long sound for the
letter "E" will help to get the tongue in the proper
position. This is refered to as voicing the instrument.

I, however, still suggest that this is best solved by
a good private teacher. If there is a University near
you try to find out who the Clarinet instructor is, if
they have a music department, and ask them if they
teach privately or can recommend a good teacher.

Jay Webler
Jay's Clarinet and Percussion

----- Original Message -----
From: "George Lin" <george_s_lin@-----.com>
Subject: Re: [kl] New to the list

> Barb,
>
> Try raising your tongue and playing notes with "cold"
> air. Play your notes with expressed with voicing in
> the "the" position instead of an "o" position. Don't
> bite on the mpc. I forgot why this works, but I read
> it somewhere. Maybe other more experienced players
> could refute or validate my suggestion.
>
> George Lin
>
>
>
>
>
> --- Sabal <jomalu@-----.com> wrote:
> > Hello all.
> >
> > I had played clarinet (not professionally, but
> > through college and beyond)
> > daily for about about 16 years until I had children.
> > I've been playing on &
> > off, (but not in an ensemble) for the past 6 years.
> > I am now back to daily
> > practice and am going to be joining the church choir
> > as a soloist. I play
> > an Evette & Schaeffer by Buffet that I estimate to
> > be from about 1970-1975.
> > The best I can guess is that it's roughly equivalent
> > to an E13 today. I use
> > a Vandoren B44 mouthpiece .
> >
> > Here is my question:
> >
> > I'm having trouble with upper register consistency
> > (surprise surprise).
> > Often the tone takes on a sharp, nasal quality (in
> > the A -F above the staff
> > range) and I desire to toss my horn right out the
> > window. I have always
> > seemed to have had this problem with this
> > clarinet...even in the years when
> > I was in much better shape. At any rate, I'm
> > wondering if the problem might
> > have an instrument-related component at all that
> > could be helped by an
> > equipment change. This clarinet was a huge step up
> > from the plastic student
> > Yamaha I owned initially eons ago, but it seems this
> > has always been a
> > problem area regardless of where I was on the
> > learning curve.
> >
> > SO, aside from the obvious (practice practice,
> > practice and get those lips
> > into shape), can anybody give me any suggestions
> > about improving the tone
> > quality in the upper range and/or whether a
> > different clarinet might make a
> > difference for me.
> >
> > Thank you so much for your time!!
> >
> > Barb Sabal
> >
> >
> >
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