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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000378.txt from 2003/06

From: "Thiel, Mark" <>
Subj: [kl] Popping noises
Date: Thu, 12 Jun 2003 09:33:31 -0400

No, not a pad noise. We really should all fly to NY, sit at Morales' feet,
and beg him to elucidate (wouldn't he be surprised?). I'm certainly not the
expert and I wasn't even taking good notes. Of course the bubble wrap
analogy may have been a slight exageration, the sound in question is just
the slight ping? pop? at the beginning of a note that is normal, depends on
setup, and is not necessarily objectionable. I think Arthur Benade said
that it was really acoustically a good sign, that it meant that resonances
were lining up properly, etc., but then I can't be expected to quote Benade
accurately after 30+ years if I can't remember what Morales said after 5

Anyway I think that what Morales was saying is that if you want a perfectly
smooth legato, with each note perfectly even from start to end and connected
smoothly to the next, that a finger speed somewhere between one so slow that
you get a gliss between notes and one that causes the pop is what you want.

Mark Thiel

Christy Erickson wrote:
>Mark, In regards to the "popping sound" that some players get while
>playing, wouldn't this be related in some ways to perhaps the type of pads
>on their instrument? Could any of the clarinet technicians out there speak
>to this issue?

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