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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001006.txt from 2004/10

From: Adam Michlin <>
Subj: RE: [kl] Playing scales three octaves up
Date: Sun, 31 Oct 2004 23:22:34 -0500

At 11:04 PM 10/31/2004 -0500, Josh Gardner wrote:
>After four years of playing, a student should have the capacity to play all
>the way to a high C. With enough practice and experimentation with reeds,
>the sound should free up and become less shrill.

I'm going to make a general request that people try to be more clear in
their reference to range. The above quoted statement changes drastically
depending on to which C Josh is referring.

If I assume C just above the staff (C'' or C2 some might call it) I would
say he is being too conservative.

If I assume one octave above that C (C''' or C3 some might call it) I would
say he is being a bit too demanding.

But I deal with students all the time who have been playing for a lot
longer than 4 years and don't know you can buy different brands/strengths
of reeds or a different brand of mouthpiece, so I rarely think of
development in terms of years. I wouldn't even try to tell a student how
high they should be able to play based solely on their years of playing


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