Has anyone heard of people playing the clarinet with the mouthpiece upside down (so the reed is against the top lip)?
This weekend I was biking through a village in Madagascar, and I came across a wild parade with about a 10 piece marching band. There were four clarinet players, ranging from 30's to 50's in age. They were all playing ancient clarinets with and old fashioned fingering system, and they all had their mouthpieces upside down!
I am guessing that either they all learned from the same guy, or that there is a school of clarinet playing that I have never heard of. Anyone heard of this?
Incidentally, this parade was a famadihana, a joyous ceremony that involves parading a dead relative's bones around every seven years.