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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000265.txt from 2004/12

From: "Vann Joe Turner" <medpen@-----.net>
Subj: [kl] Re: Question on tone...
Date: Thu, 16 Dec 2004 08:58:58 -0500

Hi Robert,

I'd agree with you about the etherial tone quality of Leister, and you don't
need a German clarinet or a German mouthpiece to achieve it. 30 years ago, I
was known for such a quality in my tone, and just having restarted the study
for a couple months now have not yet regained it.

Others posting here are much more knowledgable than I, but these are my
thoughts on it:

1. That etherial, almost flute-like, quality is due to fostering the even
partials as much as possible.
2. It is due to suppressing what is called the tonal edge.
3. You can achieve this by practicing with chair facing a corner, and
playing very softly. The Chalameaux is the foundation of it all, so
concentrate there. And listen, listen, listen.

Best wishes,
Vann Joe Turner

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