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The Reed-Above Embouchure: Fact or Fallacy?
The Reed-Above Embouchure: Fact or Fallacy?

by Ingrid Elizabeth Pearson

In 1954, a fellow Australian, H.C. Thomas of the Central Command Band of the Australian Regular Army, wrote to The Clarinet requesting some information concerning the method of playing the clarinet whereby the reed sits under the top lip. In his reply, published later that year, James Collis explained that the technique was then still practised in Italy, and that he had even heard two such clarinettists perform in his native America.

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