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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000191.txt from 2004/08

From: "Christy Erickson" <perickso@-----.net>
Subj: RE: [kl] Ligature preferences
Date: Sun, 8 Aug 2004 13:06:28 -0400

Rose, I've been using a Vandoren Optimum Ligature. It comes with 3
different plates that hold the reed on the mouthpiece. They are easily
removable but since I've had the ligature, I've used only 1 of the =
plates
and only experimented briefly with the others-probably due to time
constraints mostly. I've also used the Rovnor ligatures that are made =
of a
rubber material and I've found them particularly good for students. =
They
are inexpensive, they don't bend if stepped on or dropped and they allow =
the
reed to vibrate very freely. =20
If using a standard metal ligature, I was taught to loosen the =
bottom
screw tightly and to leave the top screw looser so as not to clamp down =
the
reed too tightly. You might start by experimenting with that some. =
I've
had students who notice an immediate difference in their sound using =
this
simple and inexpensive technique. =20

Christy

>=20
> I have been trying to increase my knowledge by reading David Pino's =
book
> "The Clarinet and Clarinet Playing" and he mentioned that he uses a
> shoestring as a ligature. I realize that as a very weak amateur I =
should
> probably stay with my old reliable metal ligature. But I was wondering
> what
> other, more experience clarinettists used?
>=20
> Rose

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