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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000168.txt from 2003/10

From: "John Hansken" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] banana/sliver key
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2003 18:00:09 -0400

I was taught to use the sliver/fork keys going up, but using side keys going
down. The reason for this was to keep from sliding off the fork key which
can be sloppy and you risk not covering the tone hole leading to more

John Hansken
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From: <>
Subject: Re: [kl] banana/sliver key

> Hello, all--
> I also was not one to use the LH sliver key much, until I saw a
> given by Richard Stoltzman at Stetson University near Orlando about 3 or 4
> years ago. He was working with someone who was playing a chromatic
passage and
> using the RH side key, and Stoltzman explained how his teacher, Kalman
> said that the sliver key should always be used where possible instead of
> side key because it kept the action all in one hand, as someone else has
> already mentioned. He demonstrated the superiority of the key by playing
> chromatic scale both ways, and you could definitely hear a difference.
> I then started teaching my beginners to use the sliver key in their F and
> scales, only switching to the side key for Eb, Ab, etc scales. I have
> this means that the kids use both fingerings almost equally, slightly
> the sliver key. They are not so tied to the side key, like I am! btw, I
> tried using my sliver key more now, since I think I should practice what I
> preach, but I have to constantly remind myself.
> I also once had a teacher who said that you used the side key going up the
> chromatic scale, but the sliver key going down, because of the ways your
> move. Anyone else ever heard this? I relearned it this way, and still do
> Elise Curran
> Orlando
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