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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001325.txt from 1999/01

From: Roger Shilcock <roger.shilcock@-----.uk>
Subj: Re: [kl] Abe's Left-Handed Clarinet
Date: Tue, 26 Jan 1999 08:59:20 -0500

With a six-holed wind intrument with no keys, it doesn't really matter
which hand goes on top, and so there were some players who were already
used to using the "wrong" hands with earlier instruments or folk
instruments when more holes and/or keys became usual. I suppose....
Perhaps the conventional arrangement is something to do with the
exigencies of
playing bagpipes.
Roger Shilcock

On Tue, 26 Jan 1999, Christian Budde wrote:

> Date: Tue, 26 Jan 1999 12:46:20 +0100 (MEZ)
> From: Christian Budde <emv080@-----.de>
> Reply-To: klarinet@-----.org
> To: klarinet@-----.org
> Subject: Re: [kl] Abe's Left-Handed Clarinet
>
> On Mon, 25 Jan 1999, Scott Morrow wrote:
>
> > (Serious question): is there really an advantage to having your
> > "preferred hand" work the bottom-joint keys?
>
> When I started playing the recorder as a kid, I was taught how to hold
> it. So I never thought about changing hands. In the first lessons you
> start with your left hand, because it is more easy to produce this
> tones (if I remember correctly, it is almost the same with clarinet).
> So being left-handed is after all an advantage :-)
> Seriously, I can use my right hand almost as good as my left (eg.
> using a screwdriver). I only do not have the same force. Perhaps this
> ability in my right hand comes from playing instruments? I don't
> think, there is really a need for left-handed clarinets, but I know
> people who play a guitar turned around, some even without changing the
> order of the strings!
>
> There are many things in allday-life that can remind you that you live
> in a right-handed world. The clarinet is not one of them. And until
> Mark's posting I never heard about it. What I am curious about is the
> question, why have left-handed clarinets been built (was it questioned
> by a customer or was it the idea of the manufacturer, perhaps just a
> PR-gag)?
>
> Christian
>
>
>
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