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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000054.txt from 2003/10

From: Elgenubi@-----.com
Subj: [kl] "pan flute" articulation
Date: Fri, 3 Oct 2003 17:46:09 -0400

(I receive the digest form so I may be missing other relevant=20
responses that have not been sent to me yet.)

Ormondtoby asks about articulation between unslurred notes on a pan=20
flute or pan pipes. I am no expert, but I have listened a lot to Andean pan=
=20
pipe music and have played with two different sizes of Ecuadorian pan pipes=20=
(some=20
names of different sizes of Andean pipes are "Quena", "Rondador", and=20
"Zampo=F1a".) (I've heard Romanian pan pipe folk music; I suppose technique=
for that=20
may be completely different from anything I may say or guess about Andean=20
music.)
I think the air is stopped with something like a glottal stop. The=20
air can be percussively started in the chest. When I do it, it feels like i=
t=20
comes from my upper chest, not my diaphragm. I'll be interested in others'=20
experiences and descriptions.
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And, as an aside, I think pan pipes are neat because, like clarinets,=
=20
they are cylindrical pipes closed at one end, and I like their sound (strong=
er=20
in odd harmonics) more than that of transverse flutes.

Wayne Thompson

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