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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000661.txt from 1997/12

From: "Lou and Ruth Polcari" <>
Subj: Re: $5,000 for double tongue teacher
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 1997 15:04:07 -0500

You should talk to my husband, Lou .... he is a profound teacher and
excellent clarinetist. We live in Santa Maria, Ca. He is the principal
clarinet with the Coastal Valley Symphony. As a flute player I have learned
a great deal from him ....


-----Original Message-----
From: John Gates <>
Date: Friday, December 12, 1997 9:58 AM
Subject: $5,000 for double tongue teacher

>I've played clarinet for all my life and like to think that I do a good
>of it well. My problem has always been tonguing quickly. Its been
>constantly depressing and has, I believe that with age, getting even
>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
>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
>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
>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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