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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000237.txt from 2002/02

From: Roger Shilcock <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Bass clarinet problems
Date: Fri, 15 Feb 2002 08:22:35 -0500

Don't you mean *F* and C?
Anyway, get a sling which clips to the back of your trousers/pants, like
braces/suspenders. This can be adjusted so as to give enough firmness in
feel without strangling you. You may still feel some need to use other
fingers somewhere on the instrument for support during l-o-n -g notes.
I don't see anything wrong with that, myself, though others may well
Roger S.

In message < writes:
> I have just been acquired by a bass clarinet, which has always wanted to
> fool around with me and see how I would sound. Or vice versa. It is a
> Werlitzer, which I am told is a Vito knock-off.
> Anyway, having straightened out a lot of adjustment, mouthpiece, reed and
> general maintenance problems, I am stuck (for the moment) on the following
> two problems, and seek input from bass players on the list:
> 1) When I finger throat G or C above the staff, (only the thumb on the
> horn) how do I keep the instrument from moving away from me? I use a peg
> and a neck strap, but the latter is very restrictive, and it seems that
> there should be a better way. Multiple-strap system? (There is only one
> strap hook on the instrument.
> 2) This same C is very hard to make speak reliably. It wants to start
> with the G below, or break into altissimo. Is this a common problem which
> I should attack by practice and reeds, or does it signal an undetected
> mechanical problem which I should find and fix?
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------

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