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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000171.txt from 2002/05

From: "Sirius T. Bontea" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Speak!
Date: Tue, 7 May 2002 03:08:49 -0400

Greetings Jean Marie,

Welcome to the list. Luckily for me, I was fortunate to have nice
clarinet teachers while growing up. I remember asking my first teacher
from when I was in the 4th grade, "What number reed do you use?" He
replied, "A five. Don't worry about that right now. Two and two and a
half is the strength beginners need to start with." I then asked him,
"what would a ten be like?" He said laughed and said, "It would be like
a Popsicle-stick." I still smile at that particular memory while
reflecting back.... *sniff* Those were the good old days.

~Sirius wrote:

>My name is Jean Marie, I'm a college student in my second year. And I to
>am new to this list.
>My teacher this year has talked a lot about my very first lesson teacher
>and a lot of tihings he may have done wrong. Like tap the beat on me
>harder and harder if I couldn't keep time, or make me feel ashamed if my
>lesson wasn't prefect in a week and punish me with memorization work. And
>he's been trying to figure out to what extent this may have impacted me.
>And I'm wondering what your first teachers were like. And what age did
>you start lessons, I started in sixth grade, and had been playing since
>Thanks, Jean Marie


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