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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000119.txt from 1999/06

From: (Tony Pay)
Subj: RE: [kl] Standing is bad
Date: Wed, 2 Jun 1999 14:10:37 -0400

On Wed, 2 Jun 1999 10:02:12 -0700 , said:

> Neil Leupold responded to Alan Woodcock:
> <<<On Wed, 2 Jun 1999 wrote:
> > (I know there are people who say you should not stand, but let us take
> > their arguments as read; that is not my question.)
> Ah, but now it is mine. Who says that one should not stand when
> playing clarinet, and why?>>>

These 'shoulds' again....

> That would be me. I do not stand while playing; the simple answer is
> that I don't sound as good when I do. Occasionally I use double lip
> (for pppp passages), and I often/always rest the bell on a knee or two
> to relieve the weight of the instrument. I play better sitting
> down--sorry.
> Harold Wright was of the same ilk. Of course, he used double lip all
> the time. Now I know there are people who use double lip and
> stand--but there are also people who make their living by having their
> body pierced, swallowing swords and/or jumping out of cannons at the
> circus. I do not care to be one of them.


You haven't said that people shouldn't stand. You've just said that
*you* don't want to.

> Some folks argue that sound isn't everything--that the visual aspect
> of performance requires the soloist to stand. These are typically the
> same people the say that the soloist should always play from memory.
> In my opinion, they're wrong.
> kjf

But if you argue that one cannot have a good sound and stand, that's
another thing.

If you argue that, you're wrong. Not only in my opinion, either.

But I don't think you're arguing that -- apart from your own case.

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