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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000611.txt from 2004/10

From: (Ormondtoby Montoya)
Subj: Re: [kl] RE: Some more thoughts on embouchures
Date: Thu, 21 Oct 2004 17:49:57 -0400

To Keith Bowen (and to any else who cares),

Is there anything wrong with the word "valve", or with stating that the
valve's speed and degree of closing/opening have an effect on the "shape
over time" of each "puff of air" that enters during a single cycle?
(which is what I meant by "shape of a puff", but I agree that the word
"shape" by itself misleads also).

And if introductory paragraphs are going to discuss the mechanics that
produce a sound, shouldn't there be some emphasis that the reed, the
bore, the open holes, the shape of the player's oral cavity and lungs,
etc encourage a "standing wave equilibrium" during the first few moments
of a note's attack?

That is, attributing everything to the reed during an introductory
paragraph is truly short-changing the reader.... isn't it? A few extra
words, or perhaps an entire sentence, would direct the reader toward a
more productive chain of thoughts than simply saying "the reed creates
the vibrations" --- which has been my objection from the beginning of
this discussion.


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