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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000576.txt from 2004/10

From: Adam Michlin <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Some more thoughts on embouchures
Date: Thu, 21 Oct 2004 12:00:45 -0400

At 08:31 AM 10/21/2004 -0700, Ormondtoby Montoya wrote:
>Adam, let's take a different approach to this. Here are four
>(1) *Why* does a hand clap generate a sound?

When two hands collide they vibrate creating pressure waves in the air
which are transmitted to the listener's ear.

>(2) How would such knowledge affect how flamenco artists shape their
>hands while clapping?

I know nothing about flamenco artists. Please tell me.

>(3) Do the edges of their hands need to 'close' completely in order to
>make the particular sound that they desire?

Not knowing what sound they desire I would say if they wish to make the
sound of a hand clapping they do need to collide their hands in some way.

>(4) Is it true that waving one hand in the air makes no sound?

No. It, of course, makes an almost undetectable sound of air swishing back
and forth. I can blow on a clarinet reed alone and create a "sound", also.


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