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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000290.txt from 2005/05

From: "Forest Aten" <>
Subj: RE: [kl] clarinet sweaks/ Buffet
Date: Wed, 18 May 2005 09:51:01 -0400

> 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!!!

Keep your right hand thumb pressing the clarinet up and into the top teeth
and embouchure. Try to keep your clarinet set into the embouchure without

Be sure that you are placing the reed correctly on the mouthpiece table.

Try a different mouthpiece (of quality) and see if the problem continues.

Forest Aten

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