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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000322.txt from 1997/09

From: "Craig E. G. Countryman" <>
Subj: Re: Clefs, and Brass
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 1997 19:05:50 -0400

Yes it is Virginia. Though, it is my understanding that the clef change
is also to facilitate the switch from trumpet to baritone t.c., with
them only being an octave apart. Brass instruments, except the French
horn, have mostly the same fingerings. Trumpet, tuba, and trombone all
share similar fingers, depending on what key the instrument is in. For
instance, a Bb on tuba fingers and sounds as a C on trumpet. In
essence, the brass player is not really at a disadvantage to the
woodwind player, I don't think, because most of the change is not
fingerings, but adjusting to a different size mouthpiece.

Craig Countryman

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