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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000438.txt from 2002/02

From: "Ray S. Whitmore" <ray@-----.com>
Subj: RE: [kl] What's a good book to practice rhythms?
Date: Fri, 22 Feb 2002 09:15:42 -0500

I know your dilemma with left-handedness. My wife is also left-handed and
has told me for years about right-handed desks, spiral notebooks, blue
books, etc. Even ladles in punch bowls have the pouring lip on the wrong
side! But we both played clarinet in high school and she never complained
about it being right-handed.

I teach architects and engineers for a living. I've done informal surveys
over the years and found that there is very high percentage of left-handed
architects and a corresponding low percentage of left-handed engineers. This
seems to correspond to left-handers thinking in their right brain which is
supposedly more creative.

Me? I'm a right-handed engineer. I can reproduce any design an architect
makes but I can't create anything from scratch that is in proper proportion.

So congratulations on being a lefty and having the potential to be one of
our more creative members of the clarinet society. In music, I also
reproduce but rely on others to guide me on how to interpret.

Ray S. Whitmore
COmputer COnsulting Associates, Inc.
A Member of the Datamat Group
730 Hebron Avenue; PO Box 342
Glastonbury, CT 06033
(v) 860.657.2210
(f) 860.659.0787
(e) ray@-----.com

-----Original Message-----
From: mlmarmer [mailto:mlmarmer@-----.com]
Subject: Re: [kl] What's a good book to practice rhythms?

Thanks to everyone with all the book recommendations.

I have a list of all the books and I sent an email to Mr. Galper and he was
kind to reply back. So I will start with his book first.

Why, he even has a left handed clarinet and I know all about that because I
am left handed and I had to forced myself to learn to play right handed in
1963! It was rough back then, but I got through it okay and holding the
clarinet right handed is not a problem. To see the clarinet next to a right
handed clarinet, search "Abe Galper" for his website. He maybe on this list,
I don't know.

Proud to be a lefty in a right handed world. O:). No mercy on us in school
with those spiral note books! LOL! And those desk!! Maybe I should of took
up baseball instead of clarinet in my school days, because LH professional
pitchers are in high demand and get premium dollars, but I throw RH!! I
guess sticking with the clarinet was more rewarding in life overall!

Mike Marmer
Germantown, MD
----- Original Message -----
From: <Clarguy3@-----.com>
Subject: Re: [kl] What's a good book to practice rhythms?

> In a message dated 2/20/02 8:14:59 PM Eastern Standard Time,
mlmarmer@-----.com
> writes:
>
> <<
>
> > I am having problems with my rhythm, does anybody know what's a book to
> > build rhythmic fundamentals?
> > >>
>
> I haven't seen anyone suggesting Everett Gates' Odd Meter Etudes. I'm
always
> amazed at the rhythmic foundation that my students receive by going
through
> the book. It takes some of them into the sophomore year of college, but
> their rhythmic roots (i.e. ability to subdivide) seem to grow deep and
grab
> the soil as a result. I usually follow it with Marcel Bitsch, Twelve
Etudes
> of Rhythm (Leduc).
> Chuck West
> Virginia Commonwealth University
>
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