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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001359.txt from 1998/03

From: C E Field <>
Subj: Re: RE: Studio playing
Date: Sun, 29 Mar 1998 18:37:44 -0500

<< Besides, I've played in theater sections with

lots of doublers who played every instrument in the part and probably would

have also played the brass and percussion parts if they'd been paid to - all

MISERABLY. Some of these players actually couldn't claim anything remotely

approaching MASTERY on ANY of those instruments (their "major" one

included). Where is the musicianship there? It's very hard to hear among the

out-of-tune, technically clunky, rhythmically inaccurate, fuzzy-toned sounds

I hear from nearly every one of those guys.>>

I have actually played with someone just like that. His claim to fame is the
number of instruments he can assemble. Unfortunately, he can't play any of
them well but they look real nice on his stands. He still doesn't know all of
the fingerings on his main instrument. I (the dedicated clarinetist) have
taught him some of the alternate fingerings on his sax. It is very tiring
adjusting my embouchure constantly to match his pitch. You've heard of low-
pitch instruments? This fellow is a low-pitch musician. He quipped one day
that he was thinking of "picking up" an oboe. That's just indicative of the
attitude of guys and gals of this particular species. It takes all kinds to
make the music world go 'round.


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