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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000817.txt from 2000/07

From: "Antoine T. Clark" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Carbonare's Selmer
Date: Sun, 23 Jul 2000 19:42:59 -0400

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Subject: Re: [kl] Carbonare's Selmer

> It's generally simple. Clarinets don't play out of tune, clarinetists play
> out of tune. The clarinet itself can make life harder or easier for the
> player. A great technician with very detailed knowledge of how to adjust
> pitch issues can help any instrument get closer. . .provided an excellent
> player is guiding the way. The mouthpiece and barrel play a big role as
> The ears are the real guide, though.
> David Hattner, NYC

I disagree with the statement "Clarinets don't play out of tune."
Have you ever heard of a horn being out of tune with itself? Just because
your A 440 is in tune does not mean that the rest of the notes will be in
tune. When playing Eb in my undergrad college band, I had to always adjust
my clarinet to play in tune after tuning with the band. It depended if the
movement of a piece was in the high register or the low register of the
horn. That was just the way that horn played and I had to adjust for it and
that did not necessarily mean that I played out of tune.Yes it is helpful
for a clarinetist to have a good ear and to adjust his or herself by
covering extra holes if sharp or adjusting the tongue if you are flat. But I
do think that clarinets or any other wind instruments can be out of tune
with itself. I do agree with the statement "The clarinet itself can make
life harder or easier for the player." So that is why I asked in my original
post if many felt that all major lines of clarinets have their own quarks?
Be it intonation or mechanism defects.

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