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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000343.txt from 2001/04

From: Gary Truesdail <gir@-----.net>
Subj: Re: [kl] Felines Favored fingering
Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2001 13:28:59 -0400

Interesting. On my clarinet, a 1964 Selmer Series 9, the addition of
the 2nd and 3rd fingers will raise the pitch just slightly. Helps when
you play with sharp trumpets.

GaryT

Richard Bush wrote:
>
> 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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