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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000339.txt from 2001/04

From: Richard Bush <rbushidioglot@-----.com>
Subj: Re: [kl] Felines Favored fingering
Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2001 11:25:38 -0400

Gary,

This is the resonance enhancement I regularly use when playing Bb with the register
key. It does, however, make the Bb slightly flat on my instrument. Closing fingers 2
and 3 of the left hand also substantially improves the tone quality of the side or
trill Bb fingering.

Gary Truesdail wrote:

> 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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