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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000108.txt from 2003/10

From: "Patricia A. Smith" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Sliver keys
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2003 09:59:56 -0400

Bill Hausmann wrote:

> For my first two years I was essentially self-taught on clarinet. The
> left-hand sliver key was the ONLY one I knew for the Eb/Bb! I only
> found out about the right-hand trill key later. I am still quite
> comfortable using the sliver key in ascending chromatic passages,
> although the right-hand key gets the lion's share of the work, along
> with the 1-and-1 fork fingering. My fingers are long, but not
> especially thick.

In using the sliver key, IMO, the most important aspect in order to
minimize problems coming from finger size, is to open the key on the
"top" of it, rather than trying to keep the fingers "in line" so to
speak. This may be a bit awkward if one's fingers are tense, but I
found that it was quite a bit smoother, and kept my fingers (not
particularly thick, but the pads are not skinny, either!) from running
into each other.

Patricia Smith

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