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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000315.txt from 2003/10

From: Randy Ratzlaff <>
Subj: Re: [kl] [clarinet] reeds for beginners?
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2003 11:31:05 -0400

Will you please chair that committee?


On Friday, October 10, 2003, at 08:23AM, Ed Wojtowicz <> wrote:

>> From: "James Hobby" <>
>> Is there a chance that we're committing one of the sins of modern society;
>> i.e., overanalyzing a problem? I'd just like to tickle this concept for a
>> minute and cite a recent example.
>> I really think this is a major problem, today. We've been taught to analyze
>> even the most insignificant things by the never-ending babble of pop
>> psychology. We are in such danger of getting so hung up on analysis that we
>> can't get anything done.
>Oh, I beg to differ! I think that before any of us teaches any more
>beginning students, we should assemble a committee. We should be sure that
>this committee has a make up representing the racial, ethnic, economic and
>gender breakdown of the potential clarinet community around the world. (Of
>course, we should form a panel to have hearings about each of the members of
>this committee and approve them.) We should have the study funded by grants
>obtained through governments as well as foundations and corporations. Next,
>we should then determine a procedure using a variety of students, again
>covering all groups, aptitudes, physical make up, learning disabilities,
>The study should use a variety of equipment ranging from the best
>professional handmade variety down to the cheapest possible and in all
>combinations. We should use a variety of teaching techniques, possibly
>taught through electronic means, to avoid the human factor clouding results.
>This should follow common scientific practices. Data should be compiled over
>many years to determine long range success of the participants. Charts
>should be made and data analyzed. Then and only then will we have a true
>understanding of the right way to teach and the effect of equipment and
>techniques. Of, course supplemental studies will have to be done once we
>find the flaws in the original study.
>Results should be published as the Clarinet Research and Practices (CRAP)
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