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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000053.txt from 2003/10

From: (Tony Pay)
Subj: Re: [kl] Tongue movements -- another go
Date: Fri, 3 Oct 2003 17:46:08 -0400

On Fri, 3 Oct 2003 07:04:38 -0600 (MDT), said:

> Tony, What you said about "rehearsing" music inside of your head with
> no movements or air whatsoever, is absolutely correct. For those of us
> who suffer from chronic "feeblemindedness", this type of "imaginary"
> rehearsal is absolutely necessary.

What Annie says here is undoubtedly useful. But I was trying to get at
something different.

Let me start again. I wrote:

> Lying awake early this morning, I found myself rehearsing a little
> speech I have to make soon.

Perhaps the 'lying awake early' bit is more important than I made it
seem. There was no outside sound. I was able to concentrate.

> I was actually whispering it to myself; but then I saw that I didn't
> need to use any air -- I could just make the mouth shapes.
> Then, I realised that, like a ventriloquist, I didn't need to move my
> lips or jaw either.
> That left only the movement of my tongue.
> I'd never observed this in isolation before. But I found that when
> you strip away everything else, you experience very clearly that the
> movement of your tongue in speech is amazingly fast, unconscious and
> subtle. Try it!

This was the fundamental bit of the post. Nothing to do with the
clarinet, really. (Perhaps someone would have thrown it out of the
moderated list:-)

A related idea is, that some of the things that it may be helpful to
notice, lie among the things that we actually *don't* notice. So, just
upping our level of awareness may help.

Anyone who's interested, do this bit for yourself before going on.

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