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Drawing Straws

Mike Lawson • Playing Tips • November 4, 2018

When you have that student who just can’t understand how to tongue on the clarinet or sax, take a drinking straw and have them stop and start the air with their tongue on the straw.

Then have them go back to their instrument and apply the same technique. Haven’t had a student for nearly 30 years that this trick didn’t work for them! Somehow it just always works!

Lisa Lang

Independence West Elementary

Independence, Iowa

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