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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001008.txt from 2003/06

From: "Raycraft" <raycraft@-----.com>
Subj: Re: [kl] Left, Right or mixed handed?
Date: Thu, 26 Jun 2003 18:58:11 -0400

> > An inconvienience. ;-)
> > Sue
>
> I think it's a shame to spoil a genuine insight -- that all these words
> require a context in order to have any real meaning -- just in order to
> make a flip remark. Do you not see that if you choose another word, in
> your case 'inconvenience', it remains true that what is an inconvenience
> in one context may be a matter of life and death in another?

My point was, that we all have inconvenient situations now and
then. We can whine about it, or we can suck it up make the best
of it, because there are always going to be those that are worse
off, and I can't see feeling sorry for ourselves over little things
like this.
>
> The whole point of Joe's post was to say that in some contexts it's
> necessary to do things in a specific 'handed' way, and in other contexts
> it isn't. If you want to be a fighter pilot, you clearly can't demand
> an appropriately handed plane just because you're 'less efficient' in
> the one provided. (...or 'handicapped', or 'disadvantaged', or
> 'inconvenienced'...) But if you're using a pen or a baton, it doesn't
> matter which way round you do it, and it's foolish -- and may even be
> cruel -- for a teacher to insist that someone does it 'their' way.

I agree. So, get a different teacher.

> Playing the violin is a case that falls between the two -- and again,
> the answer *depends on the context*. If you're going to be a world
> class virtuoso, you just might be better off playing left-handed for the
> edge that would give you over what you could achieve right-handed. But
> if you're going to be an orchestral player, it might not be worth being
> ...handicapped...by the fact that it would be rather inconvenient to
> create the conditions in which you could play left-handed in a section.
> And there might be not so much difference in your playing anyway.
>
> It *depends*, dammit!

Sure does. ;-)

Sue

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