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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000272.txt from 2003/10

From: "Christy Erickson" <>
Subj: RE: [kl] [clarinet] reeds for beginners?
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2003 11:57:28 -0400

> Obviously, I can't generalize my adult starter experience to a child, =
> I
> have watched my own instructor take a 7 year old and have them =
> tone in their first lesson on Vandy B45's and V12 - #3's.

I think it's fairly safe to say that most teachers could help a 7 year =
student do this. The question is, how long could the child sustain that
tone and how many tones could he or she play consecutively with that =
I would rather err on the side of having a reed that is too soft, than =
that is too hard or simply unplayable for a beginner. The parent can =
get stronger reeds and of course you can adjust a reed to make it softer =
when the kid goes home, they won't have a clue how to do this. If the =
is simply too hard, they also won't have a clue that the problem is NOT =
them while they are sitting at home trying to figure out why they can't
produce much of a tone. Christy =20

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