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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000445.txt from 2002/02

From: Richard Bush <>
Subj: Re: [kl] What's a good book to practice rhythms?
Date: Fri, 22 Feb 2002 13:18:21 -0500

My oh my how quickly a subject can get off on a tangent.
You're responsible for this Mike.

Unfortunately, I'm going to stay with this tangent and offer
my two cents worth on being left handed and playing the
clarinet, even though I'm right handed.

If you analyze what the hardest things to do on a clarinet
are, e.g. rolling first finger left hand on and off the A key
from the first finger hole, rising off the left thumb ring and
going onto the Bb/register (and visa versa) you realize that a
disproportionate amount of specialized skills and a
disproportionate amount of the overall traffic must be done by
the left hand.

All you left handed clarinet players should rejoice. The
clarinet favors left handed player!

mlmarmer wrote:

> 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
> Mike Marmer
> Germantown, MD
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Friday, February 22, 2002 8:04 AM
> 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,
>> > 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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