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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000790.txt from 2002/05

Subj: [kl] Re: selmer intonation
Date: Thu, 30 May 2002 11:22:49 -0400

In a message dated 5/30/2002 1:08:03 AM Pacific Daylight Time, (William Wright) writes:

<<You will discover that your embouchure and everything else about your face
and breath support *change* as you move up the scale.>>

Sorry Bill, but I disagree. At one of my first lessons with Helen
Goode-Castro who subs with the LA Phil, the LA Chamber Orchestra, and Pacific
Serenades and has the clarinet studio at Cal State Los Angeles, noticed that
I was doing just that -- changing my embouchure, etc. as I moved up the
scale. She did the old turn the mouthpiece around 180 degrees demonstration.
With me simply providing the embouchure and the air, she fingered every note
from low E to high C both stepwise and in intervals. I could not change my
embouchure because I had no idea where she was going with the notes. I was
amazed to discover that I did NOT have to change anything to "play" 3+
octaves. Or did I totally misread your post?

Don Gross
La Canada, California


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