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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000112.txt from 2003/10

From: "Patricia A. Smith" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Tongue movements -- another go
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2003 10:27:13 -0400

Tony Pay wrote:

>>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 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!
>...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.
I would add to this, make sure that you "say" the words at the normal
rate of speed, and not faster than normal.

I found the speed my tongue moved to be quite amazing. I also was
surprised to realize that, for each syllable, the tongue more than one
movement, and they were in rapid succession. Also, the normal direction
of the tongue's movement is downward, then a flick upward. At least I
noticed it to be so with me.

IMO, I don't think we ARE normally aware of these things, so
concentrating on them certainly has value for a number of different
disciplines, including as has to do with understanding what is going on
inside the mouth when articulating while playing.

thanks for a FASCINATING topic, Tony, as usual

Patricia Smith

Have you had any other ideas concerning this?

Patricia Smith

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