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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000338.txt from 2001/04

From: Gary Truesdail <gir@-----.net>
Subj: Re: [kl] Felines Favored fingering
Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2001 11:19:52 -0400

Another Bb fingering:

A key w/register key plus using 2nd and 3rd finger to close the D and C
holes. This fingering makes the A/register key combo clearer.

GaryT

Richard Bush wrote:
>
> David,
>
> What do you mean, the "real" fingering for throat Bb is the A key plus
> Bb/register key. The side or trill Bb is also a "real" fingering. Any fingering
> you can find and use is a "real" fingering.
>
> The side Bb might be "INFERIOR" on your clarinet, but most people find it
> acoustically superior. I suggest you have your clarinet looked at by a good
> repairman.
>
> There's no secret about when one should and shouldn't use the side or trill Bb. I
> use it a lot, but not all the time. I use it when I can and it is not a
> "technical hang-up." To the contrary, I find the side Bb well worth the trouble,
> but as I'm suggesting, it is no trouble at all for me to use it because I'm use
> to it.
>
> ONLY WHEN ONE IS EQUALLY FLUENT WITH ALL FINGERING CHOICES WILL ONE BE OBJECTIVE
> IN CHOOSING THE BEST POSSIBLE FINGERINGS FOR BOTH FINGERING AND TECHNICAL
> CONSIDERATIONS AND ALSO FOR TONE QUALITY AND TUNING REASONS.
>
> HatNYC62@-----.com wrote:
>
> > In a message dated 4/16/01 4:14:06 AM, klarinet-digest-help@-----.org writes:
> >
> > << Doesn't everbody agree that the side key is a better sounding note
> > if the music makes this fingering practical? Passages with faster
> > tempo and shorter notes make the difference less noticeable, however. >>
> >
> > I do not agree. I find the side bflat an INFERIOR sounding fingering and use
> > it only for trills. Proper voicing of the throad register makes the side
> > bflat unnecessary. Listen to Robert Marcellus, he never used the throat bflat.
> >
> > The technical hangups caused by overuse of the side bflat are not worth the
> > trouble. My advice is to learn to voice the 'real' fingering.
> >
> > David Hattner, NYC
> >
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