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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000575.txt from 2004/08

From: "Karl Krelove" <>
Subj: RE: [kl] air leakage
Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2004 17:35:07 -0400

Hi, Tom.

Tracy, I guess it depends on what's actually causing the leakage, because
when I have this problem I need to change to a lighter reed - in fact it
usually comes on at least partially as a result of my trying to play on one
that's too heavy. I do find it happens more when I haven't played much for a
few days, and it also happens more in the summertime, which I attribute to
changes related to allergy reactions that get worse in the summer. I never
experienced this, by the way, until, as a college student, I had my tonsils
removed, for whatever that's worth.

Karl Krelove

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Tom McKay []
> Sent: Thursday, August 19, 2004 5:13 PM
> To:
> Subject: Re: [kl] air leakage
> Hello
> I am sure that you will get some more knowledgeable answers on
> this, but I can make some suggestions based on my experience. I
> sometimes have that problem, and when I do, changing the reed
> (especially to a harder reed) usually helps right away. That suggests
> that you might try some other reeds and mouthpeices and find a
> combination that works better for you.
> Fatigue is also a factor, especially when I have had a week or more
> off the instrument. If those are issues, then of course rest (for the
> short term) and consistent practice (for the long term) may help.
> Tom McKay
> >Hello all,
> >I am having a problem that is driving me crazy. I am leaking air
> >and making a noise from my nasal area. It happens pretty much all
> >the time at this point, and I have had this problem, off and on, for
> >about 4 years. I have been told that a little of it isn't
> >necessarily a horrible thing, because it means that my palate and
> >muscular tissue in that area is very relaxed, which is why it makes
> >that sound. Recently though, it has gotten so bad that it can
> >sometimes drown out the sound of my clarinet when I'm playing
> >softly. It used to happen a lot when I play in higher registers, or
> >when I played very softly. Now it is happening all the time. It
> >seems the more that I focus on trying to fix it, it gets worse, or
> >if I get it to stop for a while, my tone gets sounding strange and
> >the response is terrible. Does anyone have any suggestions on how I
> >can get this to stop?
> >
> >Thanks,
> >Tracy Jones
> >
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> >
> >
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