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 Re: Embouchure and articulation
Author: Paul Aviles 
Date:   2018-08-07 22:36

Dear Jawad,



Let's take this one video at a time

First I want to say that I respect anyone who puts the effort to educate the clarinet community in this manner. Michelle. Anderson does address very important concepts and generally gets at it in a good way.


The first video is really addressing students who do not use the tongue to start a note. Ms. Anderson refers to this as "huffing." She speaks to this directly by getting the viewers to place the tongue on the reed rather than not at all. She also makes her second big point about using a continuous stream of air in between articulation.


Unfortunately she does two things that are confusing. Ms. Anderson refers many times to "hitting" the reed. She then demonstrates this with her finger starting far away from the reed and coming in rapidly upon the reed. I try to illustrate in similar fashion using my finger, but I show the finger right next to the reed (the tongue remains as close as possible to the tip of the reed without interfering with the sound) and when I sing a note ("tah") I show the finger withdrawing rapidly away. So you have to think of the movement AWAY from the reed.


That brings me to the second video. I teach the "stop tongue" as well. This is standard technique taught since at least Daniel Bonade. Watch closely starting at 3:45 seconds. Michelle sings the note as her fingers spring APART. This is absolutely correct. It also is a better example of tonguing in general. When she gets to the rubber band idea her emphasis is on the end result which is a short burst of sound......then a long pause......then another quick burst of sound. Another way to think of this is what you get when you push the pin in the center of a bicycle tire (or car tire) valve. When you push you get a rush of pressurized air. When you release it stops suddenly and completely. This is what she is getting at. I disagree with any notion that the tongue snaps back onto, or slaps the reed. She just means RETURN FAST.


The other important thing to note is that when Ms. Anderson plays, it sounds great. She is playing correctly. That is the most important part. You must rely on a positive feedback loop as your most important tool as you play. If it sounds better.....do that. If it doesn't improve, or it sounds worse.....do something else.




....................Paul Aviles



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