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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000295.txt from 2003/10

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: Re: [kl] [clarinet] reeds for beginners?
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2003 18:57:28 -0400

At 08:15 PM 10/8/2003 -0500, Randy Ratzlaff wrote:
>I am one of those "insane" band directors and a clarinet player.
>Yes, I start my 6th grade beginner clarinets on Vandoren #3 with 5RV lyre
>mouthpiece. I have had tremendous success with it. Yes, we do a lot of
>breathing exercises. We spend a couple of weeks just on mouthpieces and
>barrels until the embouchures / air / posture / tone is established.
>Like I said, it works for me, just as your system seems to work for you.

And you are, indeed, having all the students use the same close-facing
mouthpiece, so you are doing it the right way.

Bill Hausmann

If you have to mic a saxophone, the rest of the band is TOO LOUD!

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