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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000137.txt from 2003/10

From: "James Hobby" <>
Subj: RE: [kl] Tongue movements
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2003 22:26:20 -0400

I'm not a lady -- and wouldn't be, even if I were the right sex. <g>

My teacher was very big on alternate fingerings. It was never permitted to
flip a fingering, such as low Bb to B. Always use the banana key. Same
thing for throat F-F#. Etc. The one in question -- Eb/Bb -- doesn't seem
necessary too often, which is good, because the side or trill fingering is
in better tune than the banana key.

I've always taught the same way. I took on two new students last June; same
age, same middle school teacher. The young lady refuses to use the
alternate fingerings. I don't know how much this plays into it, but the
young man who started on the same day and uses all of the "right" keys is
musically almost a year ahead of her.

Jim Hobby

>From: "Gene Nibbelin" <>
>I, too, use the trill Eb-Bb key in chromatic passages because this is what
>learned 65 years ago. In thinking about the usage of the sliver key, I
>imagine that my teacher did not teach its usage because he had large hands,
>and thus found its usage to be clumsy, so he didn't teach it for chromatic
>If my memory serves me correctly, I believe that several ladies on the list
>have mentioned using the sliver key. Could it be that this is a "ladies'
>key" because of their smaller hands. Men with large hands might find the
>key difficult to use. Fortunately, my hands are not large enough to cause

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