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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000140.txt from 2004/12

From: "David Glenn" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] air clarinet
Date: Tue, 7 Dec 2004 15:55:46 -0500

> I finally decided to take some lessons, after so many years. First I
> discover I've been using the alternate fingering for B and C all my life
> and
> using the normal fingering as the alternate. I guess I do need these
> lessons
> ! Then I discover, rather delightfully, that my teacher plays 'air
> clarinet'. There he is, I can see him just out the corner of my eye, hands
> braced as if holding a real clarinet, fingering the notes as I do, poised
> and leaning forward with me, ready for the next phrase or leap to a higher
> note. It's really charming.
> Is this a well known phenomenon? Perhaps there are many closet air
> clarinetists out there. Maybe there ought to be World Championships in
> 'air
> clarinet' just as there are for 'air guitarists'. Or can we usefully
> practice on air clarinet to avoid annoying the neighbors?
> Noel
> ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Doesn't everybody do that?
But seriously, it's a technique I learned from Kato Havas (violin teacher)
and it can help one to get around a cramp if it's combined intelligently
with playing on the real thing.

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