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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000648.txt from 1997/12

From: "John Gates" <>
Subj: $5,000 for double tongue teacher
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 1997 12:36:05 -0500

I've played clarinet for all my life and like to think that I do a good deal
of it well. My problem has always been tonguing quickly. Its been
constantly depressing and has, I believe that with age, getting even slower.
I guess I'm just one of those that just doesn't have a quick single tongue.
So it seems that double tonguing is probably the answer.

Well, I messed around with double tonguing for about 4 years now and
sometimes it seems that I can get the tongue to go fast but not for long.
Usually the speed is about as fast as my single tongue however every now and
then I can get it fast but only in short spurts. So here's the deal.

For any of you in cyberspace that think you can teach double tonguing I will
give you $5,000 if you can teach me. I don't mean incredibly fast just
enough so I am not embarrassed by my other woodwind colleagues in the
orchestra. I want to be able to play the last movt. of Beethoven 4 at 144
to the quarter (forget the grace note) and the Mendelssohn Scherzo at 92 to
the dotted quarter. With 90% consistency.

There's no time constraints but I would like to aim for 6 months. Its an
all or nothing deal. If you live in the Southern California area all that
much better. If I have to fly I'll spend no more than an additional $500 on
plane fare, anything more than that will have to come off the top of the

please e mail me at cadenza@-----.

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