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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000954.txt from 2004/10

From: Adam Michlin <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Doubling
Date: Sun, 31 Oct 2004 09:09:30 -0500


I don't doubt your experience at all, but remember it is only your
experience. My experience is just the opposite. I use the same embouchure
for all the clarinets and saxophones. I do change my embouchure for styles
(jazz vs classical and various jazz styles).

With all due respect, you are giving me anecdotes dressed in the clothing
of facts prefaced by "one has to...". There really are two schools, I
happen to be in the "same embouchure" school. As I said in my first
message, the results are what matters. I was just taught (and teach) the
lazy way.


At 11:00 AM 10/31/2004 +0000, wrote:
>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.

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