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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001045.txt from 2003/06

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: RE: [kl] Left, Right or mixed handed?
Date: Thu, 26 Jun 2003 23:13:07 -0400

At 09:06 AM 6/26/2003 -0500, Christy Erickson wrote:
>...Unfortunately it does take extremes to "even the score" sometimes and this
>has been evident throughout history. Don't you remember sailing across the
>ocean to get away from religious oppression and dumping all that tea in the
>Boston Harbor? It took the Civil War to free the slaves and poor Rosa Parks
>still had to have herself arrested in 1955 to start the Civil Rights
>Movement. Things wouldn't have to be so difficult if the "other half" would
>simply make some concessions and accommodations more often. The conducting
>teacher who insists a student learn to conduct a beat pattern with their
>right hand sounds like more of a control freak to me than a teacher.

Of course, in all these cases the true "extremists" were the ones who
supported the status quo and refused to budge at all. Yes, they were in
the wrong, but EITHER side insisting on the whole cake will cause avoidable
arguments. A left-handed conductor will probably be acceptable to a
majority of musicians, but some may still have problems interpreting the
beat, not because they don't want to, but because they physically have
trouble with it. For the left-handed conductor not to be sensitive to
THEIR problem would be unfair.

Bill Hausmann

If you have to mic a saxophone, the rest of the band is TOO LOUD!

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