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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001002.txt from 2003/06

From: "Raycraft" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Left, Right or mixed handed?
Date: Thu, 26 Jun 2003 17:58:18 -0400

You may be referring to what I call
> differences and again, whether a difference becomes a disadvantage,
> on the environment.

I think it depends more on your attitude.

>I happen to be 5'10" tall, which in many ways has been an advantage.
>Now, if you were to expect me to drive a car I didn't fit
>into, that would be a disadvantage.

I'm 5' 10" also, but no one has ever tried to force me to
drive any particular car. There are plenty of men TALLER
than 5' 10" who do drive small cars out of choice. Maybe
you are going a little far with this?

but what if someone forced me to drive a car
> that way or forced me to sleep in a bed all night that was much too short
> lie down in order to get a certain college degree?

I would probably change to a different college. ;-)

> What if it really isn't possible for the person to learn to conduct
> with the hand the teacher insists upon?

Get a different teacher.

Unless you have walked in another's
> person's shoes, it is impossible to make a judgment on the level of
> difficulty someone else experiences to learn a skill that may be
> if not impossible for them to do. What if they end up having to take the
> class 2 or 3 times in order to pass, simply because they are forced to
> twice as hard as anyone else due to a teacher's refusal to make
> accommodations and be flexible?

Again, get a different teacher. ;-)

> trivializing the level of difficulty that may be required in order for
> someone to develop the skill of conducting a beat pattern with the right
> hand if they are more comfortable with the other hand.

I don't mean to trivialize anything, but it does look like you are
making this whole left-handed thing into a bigger deal than it is.

> If a person is deaf or hearing impaired, they usually learn sign
> language and become very good at lip reading. The handicap is visible
> because the accommodations needed are also very apparent and visible to
> others. However, handicaps are not always so visible and readily apparent
> to others but may just as problematic.

I don't see how left-handedness compares with deafness. Sorry.

>The existence of a handicap also can not be equated in any way
>with intelligence or lack of motivation.

True, but think that normally, the existence of a handicap
actually causes the person to become MORE motivated.
Unless they are a whiner.


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