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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000594.txt from 2000/04

From: klarANNette h satterfield <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Doubling?
Date: Fri, 14 Apr 2000 00:16:44 -0400

On Thu, 13 Apr 2000 21:45:30 -0400 Bill Hausmann <>
>At 05:20 PM 4/13/2000 PDT, Kevin Callahan wrote:
>>To whom it may concern:
>>I've just picked up the clarinet, I'm a Junior in high school and it's
>>second instrument. I had my first audition yesterday and did ok for
>>playing four months, but while I've learned much at an accelerated
pace, I
>>have to say I'm lost. What are doubles? Since I'm not professional,
>>missed much of the terminology employed in various posts. Any
>>about the instrument we all love, no matter how trivial, would be
>>appreciated. For the time being you're all speaking another langauge

>>Kevin Callahan
>>Trombonist and New Clarinetist

That is not the most common of instrument combinations, but can work
surprisingly well. I had a semester of trombone lessons when undergrad
music ed because trombone was the only brass instrument i could get a
good sound. Since the weight of the instrument is based on different
hands and , at least with the way i was taught, the trombone depended
more on top lip than bottom, it was pleasant to finish a day or clarinet
practice with a 1/2 of trombone. My body was back in balance.

>Yes, doubling IS a foreign idea to a brass player. It simply means
>more than one instrument on a gig, like show books frequently require
>clarinet, alto sax, and flute, for example). Nice for the professional
>player to pick up extra doubling pay and or extra jobs because of the
>versatility, but a lot of work in the practice department! (To brass
>players, doubling means both straight AND cup mutes! :-) )

Maybe doubling is not as common in pit orch or jazz band among the
brasses, but i sure remember a whole lot of instruments on stage when the
Dallas Brass played, especially among the trombone tuba players including
euphonium and cross-overs on trombone and tuba.

But the way some students act about getting mutes, you'd think they had
been asked to buy another instrument.


Ann Satterfield
clarinetist and teacher

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