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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000713.txt from 1998/03

From: Jennifer Rose McKenna <jrm0013@-----.edu>
Subj: Re: NeckStraps
Date: Wed, 11 Mar 1998 20:36:59 -0500

Jason,
if you have a callous on your thumb you may want to try a thumb rest
cushion, they cost about $100, or you could just take the top of a
medicine dropper and use that, it may help you cushion the thumb rest
more, this may or may not be due to the weight of the clarinet.

jennifer mckenna
jrm0013@-----.edu
university of north texas
music ed major/clarinet concentration

On Wed, 11 Mar 1998, Jason Hsien wrote:

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Karena S <south_park7@-----.com>
>
>
> |I'm only a kid, but I don't really get the point of a neckstrap on a
> |soprano. I play the alto clarinet and my soprano is such a relief to
> |switch to. Comparatively, the weight is a huge diffferance on your
> |thumb. I was playing the alto for over 4 hours and by the time I was
> |done, my thumb was all red. If it was my soprano, I wouldn't have
> |minded. my point is I think neckstraps on sopranos are for weaklings
> |or wusses.
>
> Karena,
>
> Okay, I am also just a kid (high school one, but a kid nonetheless). I have
> this callous <sp?> on my thumb from the clarinet and it is very painful when
> I play the soprano clarinet, and it is such a relief to be able for ME to go
> back to bass clarinet because I have a peg there.
>
> Also, some professional (and even non-professionals) have tendonitis or
> other stuff with their hands, and a clarinet neck strap really helps.
>
> So, okay... we who need neckstraps may be wusses. We may be weaklings. But
> at least we'll be able to keep on playing.
>
> Jason Hsien
> Student, Amador Valley High School
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