Klarinet Archive - Posting 001231.txt from 1998/04
From: Cmdr Herel <CmdrHerel@-----.com>
Subj: Re: Light and dark clarinet sounds & a new note on tone color...
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 1998 10:16:31 -0400
In a message dated 98-04-21 15:39:06 EDT, leeson@-----.edu writes:
<< Nancy's posting on the subject of dark sounds (which was originally
submitted by an individual who wanted to understand what a dark sound
was) in illuminating and a genuine attempt to shed some light on
the problem for the original submittor. However, her analogy of
being similar to treble and bass, with her added comment of "kinda,
sorta" shows just how impossible it is to be precise in this hazy
Most of you know my feelings on this matter and I'm not about to
state them again. I only point out that this subject has yet to
have any really comprehensible explanation that is of practical
value to a clarinet player trying to seek knowledge here. It's
all smoke, mirrors, and confusion.>>
Okay, okay, this is my favorite thing to do...
Over the years I've had some beautiful rosewood barrels, and just recently I
started using a gorgeous boxwood barrel on my Bb... And let me tell you, the
boxwood on the Bb and a beautifully striped rosewood on my A make quite a
striking display under stage lights...
So I am often asked what the difference is with my barrels. And my favorite
They have a brighter tone color! Get it?? Brighter *color*? Ha ha ha.
And that is my answer to the nature of tone color. ;)