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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000168.txt from 2003/06

From: "Resurgere Jones" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Reed soaking question
Date: Fri, 6 Jun 2003 07:51:29 -0400

He may be a friend of yours, but I've never figured out what's supposed to
be cute or funny about sending children off with a raft of unanswerable
questions and the impression that this is going to count as part of their
grade. This is a classic for band directors to do, as school administrators
often require a written test. Please tell me he gave them a sufficiently
broad wink and nod that they know this isn't going to count (unless he means
to fail them all).

There is plenty of legitimate stuff for a written test of first-year
musicians. Y'know - time signatures, key signatures, rhythm counting
questions, even some basic music history if he were on the job and had
taught some. Oh, right, that would require work, and printing out some
musical notation.

And as others have said, I don't soak my reeds in anything, other than my
mouth, for exactly the period of time it takes for me to assemble my
clarinet(s). And since it takes twice as long on occasions when I also need
my "A" clarinet, it must not be that critical (unless the soggier reed is
what contributes to the more "pastoral" sound of my A).

>From: "Christy Erickson" <>
>To: <>
>Subject: [kl] Reed soaking question
>Date: Thu, 5 Jun 2003 22:25:29 -0500
>OK folks. My daughter's elementary band director (and personal friend who
>plays bassoon in our woodwind quintet) gave the sixth graders a
>lengthy test for them to complete before the end of the school year. It is
>a take-home test and consists of several hundred questions. One of the
>questions is:
>Of the five different times listed below, which one would be the best for
>correctly soaking the clarinet reed in water before playing?
> a. 30 seconds
> b. 2-3 minutes
> c. 45 seconds
> d. 15 seconds
> e. 1 minute
>I'll have to admit this one has me stumped. I just put my reeds in water
>and let them soak there while I'm practicing. Is there any truly correct
>answer to this question? My daughter says she can't recall him ever
>about this. I'm sure he did but she does not remember.
>Christy Erickson
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