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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000028.txt from 1999/01

From: David Blumberg <>
Subj: [kl] re:nope, I didn't pen that
Date: Sat, 2 Jan 1999 08:18:47 -0500

From: "Edwin V. Lacy" <>
Subject: Re: [kl] re:intonation - Flutes Sharp
Message-ID: <>
On Wed, 30 Dec 1998, David Blumberg wrote:
> To get to the point, how can you develop the ability to judge
> "absolute" intonation, assuming you don't possess perfect pitch? And
> if the answer is simply experience, how can you get that experience
> when playing in groups whose intonation usually leaves something to be
> desired?
In my experience, we learn to play in tune by playing with players who
play in tune. That's both the good news and the bad news.
Ed Lacy


Oh my goodness.... I didn't pen that!!!! Not my quote. But Ed is certainly
correct in his response. A suggestion from me would be to play more duets.
Then there is only one player to contend with "variable intonation". Be
sure to listen to the bass part (basses, tuba, low instruments) to tune if
in an ensemble. Of course you have to be in-tune with the players around
you, but the bass part is what sets the harmonics.
David Blumberg

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