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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000405.txt from 2001/04

From: Lacy Schroeder <LacyS@-----.org>
Subj: RE: [kl] Re:Throat Bflat fingerings
Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2001 13:47:18 -0400

Simon says:
"I find that playing regularly in a big hall settles (or
perhaps dispels)many clarinet theories and arguments.
When playing in a hall the sound you hear coming back to you is the sound
that you are putting out into the hall."

This is true..I am lucky enough to play in Powell Symphony Hall regularly,
and it's amazing what you get back from a place that size. It's definitely
not the same sound you get playing in a practice room or your basement. And
I have experimented with the side Bb and venting the regular Bb fingerings
and have found the latter to be the best result. Has anyone else had this
experience? Or am I just full of it? :)

-----Original Message-----
From: Simon Aldrich [mailto:Simon_Aldrich@-----.ca]
Subject: [kl] Re:Throat Bflat fingerings

>When you use this side fingering, you are giving up
>access to all right hand venting of the bflat, giving you
>a 'short tube' sound quality. At some dynamics, this side
>bflat might be clearer and more pleasant, but at fff?

David Hattner hits the nail on the head with the above statement.
I find that playing regularly in a big hall settles (or perhaps dispels)
many clarinet theories and arguments.
When playing in a hall the sound you hear coming back to you is
the sound that you are putting out into the hall.
This occurs successfully when the sound is focussed and ringing.
When one uses the side Bb in forte passages or when playing with many
instruments it's as though the sound drops off the radar.
You don't hear it any more. To a certain degree it can be
said that the throat tones in general drop off the radar in forte passages
without the benefit of right hand venting (resonant fingerings).

Avoidance of the side Bb is not dogma but rather the professional
need for maximum tone on each note.

Simon Aldrich

Principal Clarinet - Montreal Opera Orchestra
Principal Clarinet - Montreal Metropolitain Orchestra
Nouvel Ensemble Moderne

Clarinet Instructor - Bishop's University
Clarinet Instructor - University of Sherbrooke

simona@-----.org
(514) 843-7550

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