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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000971.txt from 2002/06

From: "David B. Niethamer" <>
Subj: [kl] air vibrating in the instrument (was: Modern Basset Horn designs)
Date: Wed, 26 Jun 2002 22:16:09 -0400

on 6/20/2002 6:13 PM, Tony Pay wrote:

>As I've said before here, to have a realistic picture you often don't
>want to think of air going down the instrument. It's better to imagine
>that the air *already in the instrument* is vibrating together with the
>reed in a co-operative regime.

I understand the physics of this description. But a metaphor that has
worked for me with students on many levels of ability is the metaphor of
"blowing all the way through the instrument." This seems to get the
student to produce a more resonant sound. While that may not be a sound
appropriate to every musical situation, it's an improvement over the
dull, lifeless sound that precipitates the discussion in the first place.
Is there a readily understandable metaphor that is closer to the physical


David Niethamer


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