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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000951.txt from 2004/10

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Subj: Re: [kl] Doubling
Date: Sun, 31 Oct 2004 06:00:15 -0500

----- Original Message -----
From: Adam Michlin <>
To: <>
Sent: Sunday, October 31, 2004 3:55 AM
Subject: [kl] Doubling

> I have been thinking a lot about the constant debate as to whether the
> saxophone embouchure is different than the clarinet embouchure. Of all the
> very fine doublers I've met, some say the embouchure is different and some
> say it is the same. It seems there are two schools of successful doublers
> and it is hard for me to argue with either schools' results.

Whatever differing thoughts we all hold on this question, it is worth
remembering that one has to pitch 'up' to the note to hold a correct
clarinet embouchure, and one has to pitch 'down' to the note for saxophone.
Pitching down normally requires a different shape for the lips to assume - O
shape, as opposed to <> (for clarinet). So I would imagine this would in the
eyes of most cause us to think that the embouchure formation is different.
It may not be strictly different tho` in as much as the two different lip
shapes are only compensating for the differing amounts of available (and
inaccurate?) latitudes which different shape bores want to give us -
parallel, conical etc. One surely cannot have the 'same' embouchure for all
species of clarinets and saxophones. There simply 'has' to be some
adjustment as one increases the amount of doubling involved.
Tony W.

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