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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000713.txt from 1998/03

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

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
university of north texas
music ed major/clarinet concentration

On Wed, 11 Mar 1998, Jason Hsien wrote:

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Karena S <>
> |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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