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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000322.txt from 2002/05

From: "Dee D. Hays" <deehays@-----.net>
Subj: Re: [kl] Playing Clarinet With False Teeth
Date: Mon, 13 May 2002 21:35:09 -0400

----- Original Message -----
From: "Howard Shapiro" <howards321@-----.com>
Subject: [kl] Playing Clarinet With False Teeth

> Hello fellow Klarinet list members,
>
> I have a very special friend who just recently started playing clarinet.
> She has false teeth and is having a difficult time with her embouchure.
She
> tends to puff her cheeks (a la Dizzy Gillespie) to get air through the
> clarinet. She loves to play the clarinet, but is getting frustrated with
> her inconsistent embouchure and subsequent problems it causes. Has
anyone
> else experienced a similar problem or know of anyone else who has? You
can
> e-mail me privately if you don't want to post responses to the list.

Part of the problem may simply be due to the fact that she is a beginner.
This does occur in beginners who do not have dentures. Secondly she may be
"pinching" the reed. This is more serious for a denture wearer than other
people as it sometimes causes their dentures to move.

Dee Hays
Michigan

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