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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001477.txt from 1999/01

From: (Tony Pay)
Subj: Re: [kl] The concept of 'forked' fingerings
Date: Sat, 30 Jan 1999 06:52:18 -0500

On Fri, 29 Jan 1999 19:32:41 GMT, I said:

> On Fri, 29 Jan 1999 11:47:43 -0700, said:
> > If we keep this up, nobody is going to want to talk to either one of
> > us about ANYTHING!
> Why? Or, as in the old joke, is a fork out of the question?-)
> > One thing I want to share with the NG is a description of this
> > mechanism as best as I can understand it from those two, not to clear,
> > photographs. I think other readers would have a clearer understanding
> > of it all if they had a mental picture of it.
> Well, I admire your courage in taking this on, never having seen it or
> played it.
> Are you going to explain it to me, too?
> Tony

Previously, I had written:

> > I tend to agree with Jack. The key that stays open when the middle
> > finger closes, for all intents and purposes is a duplicate of the
> > middle finger tone hole, and as such, "unforks" this fingering.
> No it doesn't: a forked fingering is one that has an open hole above
> the final closed one. The RH first finger hole remains open in this
> case, even though it's smaller. Unforking the fingering would require
> it to be closed.

Aha! Now I see what you mean. What you're saying is that you can look
at the action of RH2 as simply closing what you called the ring key pad.
The swap between the RH2 hole and the key then essentially does nothing.

Very clever.

I still think that the concept of 'forked' notes is worth undermining.
The fact that the note 'looks' forked if you think of it the way I
described it above, and not if you think of it your way, is the
difficulty that I was pointing out in my first post in this thread.

But OK, I withdraw my 'snide' comment about you explaining it. Go ahead.

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