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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000082.txt from 2004/08

Subj: Re: [kl] high notes
Date: Wed, 4 Aug 2004 00:12:32 -0400

thank you I am going to try and make it to the music store tomorrow
in-between doc appointments and whatnot and get some new reeds to try...


In a message dated 8/3/2004 1:14:33 PM Pacific Standard Time, writes:
Krista, It is difficult to say what may be the problem just from notes over
the internet, but I do know that Mitchell Lurie reeds are a bit on the soft
side. I find that students like this particular brand due to that fact but
they need to play on something with a bit more resistance-especially if they
practice regularly and have a good strong embouchure, which may be happening
in your case. In the "old days" when I was in high school, I remember using
Mitchell Lurie no. 5 reeds and still having to clip them with a nail clipper
(I'd never heard of a reed clipper back then). If you have an old no. 4,
you might try clipping one of them off a bit-only a hair at a time.
Recently, I decided for some odd reason to try the Mitchell Lurie's again
and I purchased a box that was far too soft for me.
I have a student who just got a Selmer Signet from EBay and it has an
awesome sound! I did try it out with my Vandoren B45 mouthpiece and liked
it. I did play on a Selmer clarinet in high school and have had several
Selmer mouthpieces sitting here from those days. I got a Buffet R-13 in
college and found that those Selmer mouthpieces never sounded very good on
my Buffet clarinets. Strange thing is, I have a student who tried my old
Selmer HS ** mouthpiece one day and it was just what she needed on her
plastic Vito clarinet so it finally found a home. You may have better luck
with the Selmer mouthpieces on a Selmer clarinet-either HS * or HS **.
The greatest thing about having a good teacher is that they will be
likely to have a collection of various mouthpieces that you could try out
and they can also help you with reed preparation and balancing.
I have given students 3 or 4 lessons, just to get them going on the
right track if they can't afford regular lessons so it might be worth
checking to see if someone would do that for you before you make any major
purchases that may be unnecessary. Keep experimenting first with your
reed/mouthpiece combinations and see what you can do. I have my students
experiment with all sorts of things, including using a rubber band for a
ligature and of course, string. The first clarinetists used string to keep
their reed on the mouthpiece. Do try a few different types of reeds. I can
recommend VanDoren, Zonda, Rico Royals and Grand Concert reeds (these come
in a quarter strength I believe). At the moment you are probably
frustrated, knowing that you aren't producing the sound you want to hear
from the clarinet, but trust me when I say you will find a way.


> 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
> ~Krista~

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