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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000911.txt from 2003/06

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: RE: [kl] Left, Right or mixed handed?
Date: Wed, 25 Jun 2003 17:58:57 -0400

At 08:33 AM 6/25/2003 -0500, Christy Erickson wrote:
>Stephanie, I think this is an example of how an ignorant teacher can
>discourage a student without realizing it. The right-arm traditionally
>conducts the beat pattern (a left-brain skill in most people) but if those
>brain lateralization skills are reversed, which DOES happen, it would make
>sense that some lefties would want to conduct with the left hand.
>Personally I don't see any reason it would make a huge difference to anyone
>except the teacher who insists that's the way to do it only because it's

It makes a difference to the people being conducted. Of course, every
conductor is different and must be adjusted to, but this is really a major
difference. And does a leftie conductor reverse the beat pattern, as would
seem logical, or would a 4/4 beat still go down, left, right, up?

Bill Hausmann

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