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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000222.txt from 2004/08

From: "Forest Aten" <>
Subj: [kl] Objective of the Ligature
Date: Mon, 9 Aug 2004 10:46:29 -0400

Several people have talked about ligatures "allowing the reed to vibrate
freely".....etc. I'm not sure I understand this concept. How does it work?
What part of the reed are you allowing to "vibrate freely"? Why would one
ligature allow a reed to vibrate more "freely" than another?

I'd like to hear from everyone/anyone about what they think the objective of
the ligature might be.....and from those well versed in physics on what
might best be the best objective or approach when building a ligature.

Also....from the mouthpiece makers....what do you guys think a ligature
should do? How does it work? How is selection of ligatures effected by
mouthpiece table type?

Forest Aten

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