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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000779.txt from 2003/06

From: Erik Tkal <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Left, Right or mixed handed?
Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2003 11:50:58 -0400


I'm definitely right-handed, though I believe musical playing has certainly improved the dexterity of my left hand. I started on Piano at age 6, an instrument which encourages some left-hand competence. But my primary instrument has been trombone for the past 30 years, which uses much more of the right hand (ok, actually right arm, and some left thumb for the trigger :-P ). I find that in playing clarinet now that I have very little problem coordinating my left hand, though I still cannot write with my left hand at all.

Erik Tkal

At 11:30 AM 6/22/2003 -0500, you wrote:
>I've been doing a little research on the subject of handedness. I am
>"mixed," in that I write and eat with my left hand but do everything else I
>can think of with my right hand. I've met quite a few musicians who are the
>same "mix." Can we do a little informal survey here to get some statistics
>on the hand dominance of clarinet players?

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