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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000817.txt from 2004/10

From: Gary Truesdail <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Question about middle Bb (or: I think I'm in love)
Date: Wed, 27 Oct 2004 00:21:52 -0400

Bb throat tone:

Just got back from being snowed in at Tahoe and did a bulk erasure on a
lot of email so I did not read previous statements regarding this
subject. However I will interject my own feelings anyway .

1. Some brand clarinets are better than others in regards to the Bb in
question but none what you could call "good".
2. Try what I call "the real" Bb fingering; A key and next-to-the-top
sidekey, or A key, register key and 2nd and 3rd tone holes covered.
Both fingerings produce a much clearer and louder Bb and are also in tune.

I have used these 2 fingerings so long that they are now natural and
will work 80% of the time in all but fast passages.


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