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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001205.txt from 1999/04

From: (Gates, Ken)
Subj: [kl] Introduction & question
Date: Fri, 30 Apr 1999 00:53:32 -0400

I'm new to the list and have been a "lurker" for a
couple of weeks. I've been playing clarinet for
almost four years now---took it up when I retired
so I'm probably older than most of you. Mostly
self taught--my interest is in pre-bebop jazz and
swing and I play by ear only. But I share with
you the desire to play with good tone and pitch.
Working on getting a good sound on the high
notes. When I ask questions of you highly trained
musicians---if they are too naive to be answered
in the general forum---please answer privately.
-------In between my daily practice sessions---I
always put my clarinet back in the case. Is it
best to close the case or let it air out?
-------I've read that improvisation was very much
a part of the classical tradition in the previous
century. To what extent do you classically trained
folks include improvisation in current music?
Ken Gates Ventura, Calif

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