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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000258.txt from 2003/10

From: "Lacy, Edwin" <el2@-----.edu>
Subj: [kl] RE: reeds for beginners
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2003 10:01:12 -0400

<<<<I would think that starting beginners on Ricos would certainly lead
to a large attrition of student clarinetists.>>>

No, it absolutely won't cause that. Before the muscles of the
embouchure are developed, before the fingers can properly cover even the
two or three holes that are required for the first few notes, before
such matters as the comprehension of such musical elements as quarter
notes and rests are mastered, the choice of brand of reed comes
somewhere farther down the list of concerns. I am a case in point. I
started on the clarinet 54 years ago, and have no idea what brand of
reeds I used. I used to go to the music store, and like most young
students, ask for "a clarinet reed." But, it didn't take long for me to
learn that the "Vibrator" reeds (remember? the ones with the grooves in
the back?) were not a good choice.

Ed Lacy
University of Evansville

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