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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000175.txt from 2003/06

Subj: Re: [kl] Problem with tounging
Date: Fri, 6 Jun 2003 10:24:57 -0400

What works for me is using the old Daniel Bonade staccato method, as outlined
in his Clarinet Compendium". Without going into a "high" or "low" position,
Bonade suggests using a tongue action in which the tongue only comes off the
reed for a very short time. What seems to be most important is that the air
support, or air pessure, is always present: before, during, and after the
staccato note is produced.

The tongue functions like a valve on a water faucet or a fire extiguisher,
letting the water or air escape , and then shutting it off.

Bonade has some really simple and effective staccato exercises in his

Mike Whitmore

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