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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000972.txt from 2004/10

From: Tony Pay <>
Subj: [kl] Embouchure
Date: Sun, 31 Oct 2004 15:52:14 -0500

On 31 Oct, Adam Michlin <> wrote:

> Karl,
> It is a fact that some dampening is required to play the clarinet.
> It is my reasoned opinion that the "rubber band" approach excessively and
> unnecessarily dampens the vibration of the reed.
> This does not mean players who use this approach have no other problems.
> This also does not mean players who do not use this approach have no other
> problems.
> And, again, the results are what matters. My curiosity lies in the easiest
> way to achieve these results. I am not convinced the "rubber band" approach
> is the easiest or most efficient way to play the clarinet. I am convinced
> some people have used this method to compensate for other problems. I am
> entirely convinced many people have had very successful careers with this
> approach.


Why do people want, 'an approach', or 'a method', isolated from

Of course, you can follow, and even understand a 'method', if you can place
it in context:

(This is not an invitation to Adam to give his further opinions, by the way.)

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