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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000287.txt from 2005/05

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: Re: [kl] clarinet sweaks/ Buffet
Date: Wed, 18 May 2005 08:43:23 -0400

At 09:16 PM 5/17/2005 -0700, Kevin Nelson wrote:
>My student model Buffet keeps sweaking. I've tried slowing down my
>playing and then once I got rid of the sweak speeding up again but
>that doesn't help. I've also tried puting less touge on the mouthpiece
>and keeping my tounging short, that doesn't help. The really strange
>thing is, sometimes it sweaks, but other times it doesn't. Like when I
>was practicing it wouldn't sweak for a while on that part, but then
>all the sudden it would just start sweaking. The other difficulting I
>have is that about every song I play sounds good in the begining
>(odviously, not the very first couple of times I play it) but as time
>proggresses and I've played it a lot, instead of souding better, it
>starts souding extremely bad, sweaking or whatever. What's worse about
>the whole thing is that my schools going to a music festival in 2 days
>and I have to play that song. Help me!!!

There is most likely something out of adjustment on the instrument. The
squeaking is not too bad when you are playing slowly and carefully because
you are depressing the keys more firmly, forcing the leaky pad to
seal. Later, as you get more comfortable with the music, your fingering
gets quicker and lighter (as it should) and exposes the leaky pad.

Bill Hausmann

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