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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001348.txt from 1998/03

From: ryan Lowe <>
Subj: Studio playing
Date: Sun, 29 Mar 1998 18:37:33 -0500

I have several things that I MUST get off of my mind tonight.

1) I am in a show right now playing reed 1 (Clarinet, Alto Sax, Oboe, Alto
Flute, and Bassoon). Many of the other players double the part that I have
or play some sort of counter-melody. There is one player in particular that
does not know their part and when I took them aside to tell them what was
wrong, they said not to worry about it because it was just accompaniment
anyways. I am of the opinion, however, that because they are accompanying
ME, the conductor will think that I am responsible for their bad playing.
As was said in a previous post: "A second player can make or break a
first"... Am I in the wrong for taking them aside and pressuring them to
learn their part? I would just like to know some opinions on how other
professionals deal with this.

2) Several collegues (sp?) of mine and I were discussing the difference
between a musician and a clarinetist. I am of the belief that a TRUE
musician is able to do anything with any instrument or musical device, while
a clarinetist plays only the clarinet. While musicians can also be
clarinetists, the converse is not true. Clarinetists can be very musical,
etc... but not musicians... This is just my opinion and I am sure that it
will change with time. I would just like to know some of your views on the
differences between musicians and clarinetists (or players of any one

Forgive me if these topics have already been discussed on the list... My
memory does not serve me well:)

Ryan Lowe

Ryan A Lowe

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