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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000227.txt from 2001/07

From: Claudia Zornow <claudia@-----.com>
Subj: [kl] sit or stand in lessons
Date: Mon, 9 Jul 2001 19:04:48 -0400

Cindy Christensen wrote:

Last Friday I was teaching a lesson to a little 12 year old girl. She
was trying one of the Jacques Lancelot 20 easy etudes when suddenly,
with no warning at all, she fell forwards, clarinet and all, and was out
cold on the floor.... My question is: do you teachers have your
students stand in lessons?

My teachers have always had me sit. I had an experience similar to
your student's with standing and playing last week, though. I was
playing in an Independence Day parade while suffering from a mild case
of bronchitis. The parade was a very low-key affair--we didn't march
and play at the same time, but stood still to play, and it was only
about three blocks long. I got dizzy while playing, tried to fight
it off while only fingering along, passed out, and ended up scraping
my knees, chipping three front teeth, and giving everyone around me
a scare. If I had been smart enough to sit down when the dizziness
didn't go away, I would have spared myself quite some unpleasantness.
It felt like the blowing against resistance is what pushed me over
the edge. Playing clarinet is hard work!

Claudia

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