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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000973.txt from 2002/06

From: "Kent Krive" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] air vibrating in the instrument (was: Modern Basset Horn designs)
Date: Wed, 26 Jun 2002 22:37:08 -0400

How about a directive to "excite the overtones"?


----- Original Message -----
From: "David B. Niethamer" <>
Subject: [kl] air vibrating in the instrument (was: Modern Basset Horn

> 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
> truth?
> David
> David Niethamer
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