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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000462.txt from 2002/05

From: (William Wright)
Subj: Re: [kl] Metal clarinets
Date: Sat, 18 May 2002 01:42:12 -0400

<><> Kimber wrote:
Since you seem so well informed, would you mind explaining why having a
voice with perfect pitch is supposed to interfere with my playing?I

For the record, I'm neither well informed nor a skilled musician. I
have no idea why having perfect pitch would be a problem --- except
perhaps that most people don't have it, and therefore it may be
unpleasant for you to play 'off-pitch' along with them?

<><> Where can I buy a wooden clarinet other than the internet. I live
in a small town in Washington, sooo......

Ask your parents to take you to a big town. <smile> But also ask
yourself: "Why do I want one?" Usually it's more useful (and less
expensive) to experiment with different mouthpieces and reeds and
ligatures first. This helps you to learn to discriminate between
different 'sound characters' or "tone colors'. It also helps you to
learn that your embouchure, breath support, etc vary from day to day as
much as (or more than) any difference that equipment makes.

Think a bit about the tag line below my signature.



If I had Stadler's mouthpiece, would I play better? Or do I need his
ligature also? Or perhaps he and I are different persons? If I had
Mozart's pen, would I compose better?


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