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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000819.txt from 2000/04

From: Don Longacre <>
Subj: [kl] Music and Academic Achievement
Date: Wed, 19 Apr 2000 14:50:20 -0400

Jay writes:

>I have run into this mentality in the last few years. I have had parents
>come up to expressing an appreciation that there son had a chance to see a
>man play the Clarinet, because the popular believe is that it is a "sissy"
>instrument. I did not experience this in my youth. If anyone thought this
>I didn't hear about. The fact that I could out run and out weight lift
>most of my pears may have had something to do with it, though>

Jay: Yes, this is the second most popular myth just after crushed fibers.
I recall attending a master class given by Kenneth Grant and Robert DeLutis of
the RPO in which Ken Grant stressed the importance of physical conditioning as
an aid to clarinet performance. To demonstrate, he jumped up on stage front and
proceeded to do a couple dozen rapid push-ups on his fingertips, withdrawing one
finger at a time. He works out a couple times a week. I'd be hard pressed to
stereotype this world class clarinet player. He is impressive.

Don L.

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