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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001065.txt from 2003/06

From: "Christy Erickson" <perickso@-----.net>
Subj: RE: [kl] Re:Martin Powell's CD
Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2003 14:01:56 -0400

Chantelle said, " Also, continuing on
> the thread of "handedness", does anybody have any literature on =
improving
> dexterity of less dominant hands? For the record, I'm right handed =
all
> the
> way, and have a lot of trouble playing the piano because my left hand =
is
> very much underdeveloped. The clarinet, though, doesn't seem to =
notice
> that
> much of a difference, my left hand does about as well as my right. =
Yes, I
> know it's odd!"

Chantelle, You might be happy to know that its not odd at all for the =
left
hand to have more problems cooperating for piano players. Most =
left-handed
people also have more problems with the left hand at the piano. I could
recommend that you get some left-hand only music or some etudes. When
practicing scales, lead with your left hand, meaning allow your left =
hand to
set the pace and have your right hand follow. Set a metronome at a very
slow tempo and do a one-octave scale in quarter notes, two octaves in =
eighth
notes, 3 octaves in triplets, 4 in quadruplets, etc.... Concentrate on
doing the scales with only the left-hand and perhaps do some =
strengthening
exercises for your left hand. =20
By the way, playing the piano does improve your clarinet technique =
by
strengthening your hands and fingers, as well as increasing dexterity.

Christy

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