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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001189.txt from 1999/04

From: "Daniel A. Paprocki" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Re: section deafness
Date: Thu, 29 Apr 1999 08:20:55 -0400

I once got the ultimate compliment from a band director while on tour with
the OSU band. I was on Eb and this director commented that when I needed to
be heard I was and when the Eb didn't have the lead voice I wasn't heard.
Blending and tuning are the two main keys to good Eb. Playing Eb in a band
is a real tightrope act. Most of the time your the bridge between the
flutes and clarinets tuning wise. AND then there are the unisons with the
piccolo. BUT THE POWER - to be used judiciously - to be able to balance the
hold brass section with one stick of wood!!
One time we did the Messian "Exotic Birds" at the U of Wis. This has
real screamer high altitude parts for the Eb and piccolo. It seemed that
every rehearsal our (Eb & pic) chairs were moved farther and farther from
the main group.


Daniel Paprocki
Clarinet & Bass Clarinet
Columbus, Ohio

>Subject: Re: [kl] Re: section deafness
>Date: Thu, Apr 29, 1999, 1:24 AM

> In a message dated 4/28/99 4:30:39 PM Central Daylight Time,
> writes:
> <<
> Clark Brody told me he experienced exactly this. Apparently he toured with
> the Goldman Band for a summer (in a section that included a lot of monster
> players from NYC, including Gino Cioffi). After playing crappy band music in
> the middle of a loud situation for a whole summer, not being able to listen
> properly to his own playing during performance, he discovered that he really
> needed to rebuild his playing. He said it was like starting all over again.
> So much for symphonic band being 'educational.'
> David Hattner, NYC
> >>
> I find this to be so true. If you cant hear yourself, DON'T play. God only
> knows what is coming out.
> For this reason I refuse to play in a concert band.
> Except on Eb of course. I can ALWAYS hear my self on the Eb. Hell, they can
> probably hear me in Europe!
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