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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000303.txt from 2003/10

From: "Noel Taylor" <>
Subj: RE: [kl] [clarinet] reeds for beginners?
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2003 07:22:50 -0400

Well, I was 11 when I started to play and I'm 53 now.=20

Since you ask what age I started at, and I hope the list won't mind - =
is something about my playing background. Once I finished my secondary
education I carried on playing - doodling on my own mostly, but =
played with a few bands - I suppose you would classify them as rock/jazz
with the odd burst of free improvisation. These bands were all highly
eclectic in their approach. I relied totally on improvisation to get me =
I'm afraid that over the years I allowed all my limited theoretical
knowledge to wither away to such an extent that I'd forgotten just about
everything. I couldn't even name the notes of each key. I probably spent
more time finding out how to play harsh and unpleasant sounds than how =
play sweet, rounded tones. Squeaks? Fine by me.=20

Now I'm back to my solitary doodling and I want to find people to play =
again. I'm quite shy about this, even although I've never been =
shy about performing. I know I need to improve my skills all round =
before I
can expect anyone to take me on board, so suddenly I'm doing studies and
patterns, trying to get a grip back into the basics of theory, reading =
list (and very informative it is too). Maybe I'll take some lessons =
who knows...

Noel Taylor=20

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Christy Erickson []=20
> Sent: 09 October 2003 17:25
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> Noel, Thanks for adding to this discussion. I'm curious=20
> what age you were when you began playing the clarinet.
> Christy=20
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