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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000403.txt from 1999/04

From: "Mark Charette" <charette@-----.org>
Subj: Re: [kl] 8-year old wants to play the flute
Date: Wed, 7 Apr 1999 08:08:49 -0400

> IMHO, there is little point in starting a child on an instrument they
are
> not physically capable of handling, due to the small size of their
hands
> and fingers. Even if they CAN successfully operate the keys, they may
have
> to resort to all sorts of bad habits to do that.

There is that smaller clarinet (the name escapes me presently) which has
slightly simplified keys and is pitched in Eb, made especially for
children. My mind's blanking on the name ...

In a sense it wouldn't be much different than starting a child on a
fractional size violin, and the price (again from my fuzzy memory) was
less than or around $300.00.

More coffee, more coffee ...
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"The phenomenon is too variable for proper study" often
translates from "I don't know how to get musicians to do
anything twice the same" - A. H. Benade

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