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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000955.txt from 2004/10

From: "Karl Krelove" <>
Subj: RE: [kl] Doubling
Date: Sun, 31 Oct 2004 09:12:18 -0500

> Tight embouchures seem more acceptable in bands (for both saxophone and
> clarinet) because projection isn't as necessary. In fact, band saxophone
> players are almost always too loud (loud not to be confused with
> projecting) which is why the Larry Teal rubber band embouchure (mentioned
> in the article) is so popular amongst even some of the most famous band
> directors. The rubber band dampens the middle and sides of the
> reed, overly
> dampening the reed, and thus producing a slightly dead relatively small
> (and usually not projecting) sound. Many exceptions exist when
> you add the
> variable of mouthpiece and reed setups. This may even be a preferable way
> to play in wind bands, I try not to play saxophone in bands, myself.

I don't know what the context of Larry Teal's description was, but the first
time I ever heard an analogy made between a *clarinet* embouchure and a
"rubber band" or a "gasket," the description came from the lips of Harold
Wright. Maybe they meant different things. I don't think Wright had a
problem with poor projection.

Karl Krelove

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