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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000060.txt from 2004/08

Subj: Re: [kl] high notes
Date: Tue, 3 Aug 2004 14:16:43 -0400

well i use two mouthpieces one my mom bought me and one a friend sent
not to sure wich i like best yet they both seem close...a Hite M41 and a
Forbes Debut(i also have the poopy one that came with my clarinet) my ligatures
are metal and I have a Rovner Dark clarinet hasnt been in the shop
since i was in school...I was blessed to have my teacher as my
about 3 clarinet is a selmer signet 100(not the best i know but
not the worst) it is wood...the hite with the rovner adn a size 4
what was bothering i think might go mix it up a little more...any
suggertionsa re welcome...thank you


In a message dated 8/3/2004 8:42:10 AM Pacific Standard Time, writes:
> Dear Krista,
> Providing that your clarinet is in good working order, I would
> suspect that maybe your reed is just a teensy bit too soft. If you are
> using a #3 strength reed, perhaps you should try a #3 1/4 or 3 1/2.
> Gonzales reeds come in quarter sizes. ANNIE

Krista, I think your best bet is a good teacher who help diagnose the
problems you have. The ability to hear that something isn't quite right
with the tone you have in the upper register is a great start-some simply
don't notice the difference so I know you have a sensitive ear. You didn't
say what type of mouthpiece/reed/ligature combination you have or when you
last had any maintenance done on your instrument. The biggest problems my
students have had is due to the fact that they usually have not had any
maintenance of any sort done on their instrument in a long time-usually not
since they got the instrument and began playing. That's far too long.
I had a student come to me last fall who had been using alternative
fingerings for certain notes because her regular fingerings didn't work. I
convinced her mother to have the instrument overhauled and that girl made
honors band this year. She plays a plastic Vito but with the overhaul and a
new mouthpiece, she gets a very good tone. Christy

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