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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000571.txt from 2004/10

From: Adam Michlin <amichlin@-----.com>
Subj: Re: [kl] Some more thoughts on embouchures
Date: Thu, 21 Oct 2004 11:13:35 -0400

Ormondtoby,

I did state the following at the outset:

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I have decided the value of the hand clap analogy outweighs the potential
confusion in a student's understanding of the true physics of clarinet tone
production. I did try to minimize the confusion, however. Any alternative
suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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I have read Benade's work. Give me an alternative suggestion and I will be
happy to change what I wrote. I can't come up with a better compromise,
myself. Do remember that I have to assume my audience knows *absolutely
nothing* about physics.

I wouldn't need to do any of this if I could just get everyone to read
Benade's work (and if they all had the mathematical training and scientific
training to understand it). Those are awfully big "if"s.

Thank you for your feedback,

-Adam

At 07:57 AM 10/21/2004 -0700, Ormondtoby Montoya wrote:
>Adam, you are presenting the wrong ideas about what happens in a wind
>instrument.
>
>I suggest (strongly) that you read Arthur Benade "Horns, Strigs, and
>Harmony" --- which is only 260 pages in large print, and it is easy
>reading, and it is the classic starting point for studying musical
>physics.
>
>As one example --- your opening statement misses the point completely,
>and several of us have already commented to you that it is grossly
>misleading:
>
> > This physical phenomenon can be
> > demonstrated to students by trying to clap
> > with one hand. No matter how hard the one
> > hand waves, no sound is produced. As soon
> > as the second hand collides with the waving
> > hand, sound is heard.
>
>
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