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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000089.txt from 2003/10

From: "Rebecca Brennan" <>
Subj: RE: [kl] Tongue movements
Date: Sun, 5 Oct 2003 12:39:35 -0400

I have a bad habit of when I put my clarinet together, I blow through just
the mouthpiece attached to the barrel with the reed on it. Then something
tells me to keep doing this. I have literally sat there for hours at a time
playing little nursery songs on my mouthpiece. I don't think this is a
helpful technique though. It is just something I do because I get amusement
from it. It is a really bad habbit for me. I have only done this for over
and hour a few times, but usually the first 10, 20 minutes I practice, I am
playing on just the mouthpiece, or mouthpiece with barrel. If anything, I
guess my reed warms up.

>From: "Noel Taylor" <>
>To: <>
>Subject: RE: [kl] Tongue movements
>Date: Fri, 3 Oct 2003 14:31:00 +0100
>I've been contemplating asking a rather related question for some days -
>namely, what off-clarinet practice methods do people engage in or
>I didn't have Tony's virtual playing in mind, so much as what things you
>do to improve your grasp of musical/clarinet techniques without the
>being to hand (excluding the mouthpiece, which is portable) ?
> Noel Taylor
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Anne Lenoir []
>Sent: 03 October 2003 14:05
>Subject: Re: [kl] Tongue movements
>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. Jon Manasse does it on a regular basis. He told us
>about it at a master class in Norman, OK, one time, and cautioned us to be
>little bit careful. It seems that one time while he was learning a new
>he was supposed to be on airplane to Rochester, and as he sat on the plane,
>totally engrossed in his mental rehearsing of a new piece of music, the
>stewardess announced that the plane would be landing in Pittsburg.
> I know that this does not necessarily have anything to do with the
>position of the tongue in the mouth or articulation, but it is important
>many of us to have the ability to study a piece, as though we were actually
>playing it, without an instrument. ANNIE
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