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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000433.txt from 1999/06

From: "Edi & Rose Malinaric" <emovi@-----.za>
Subj: Re: [kl] Bass Clarinet Fingering Excercises
Date: Fri, 11 Jun 1999 20:53:20 -0400

>I've heard of someone also giving a shot to playing the Bach Cello
>Suites on the bass. That is ALL bass clef. I would walk a mile to hear
>that. I'd crawl two to be able to play one bar of it.

Hello Ken - All cellists start in the bass clef and soon find themselves
facing tenor and treble clefs. It's no big deal. Once you have identified
a common note on the two clefs you'll discover that your "finger-mind"
connection "reads" the interval from the note you are reading to the next
note and "Voila!" the music is there. Jokingly I once explained it as a
direct opto-digital connection that by-passes the brain.

I've come back to music after many years and have been pulling out all my
old music and more than once I've caught myself missing a change of clef and
playing a fifth out of position. The music sounded fine - only the pitch
was different.

I think that we all start playing so early that we forget how we struggled
to learn - and later we seem unable to sit down and work at reading new
music one bar at a time, putting bars together to play a phrase...

Get a CD of the Bach unaccompanieds and accompany the cellist - then go and
find a real live cellist - he'll be overjoyed to find a reason to play them.

Good luck - edi

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