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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000184.txt from 2004/12

From: "Lelia Loban" <>
Subj: [kl] air clarinet
Date: Sun, 12 Dec 2004 11:34:16 -0500

Derek Jakoboski wrote,
>I don't use it as part of my practice routine,
>but I do find myself regularly playing air clarinet
>whenever I'm curious about how some song/scale/
>something like that would feel and I don't feel like
>breaking out the whole instrument. I definetly get
>some weird looks when I'm sitting in a subway or
>something with my fingers flying around over
>imagnary keys...but I still do it alot nontheless.

Never got into air clarinet much, but as a teenager I got into the "air
piano" habit. I didn't realize I was absent-mindedly tapping away on my
desk at school, much less that I was tapping audibly, until a teacher
suddenly broke off talking, glared at me and said, "Try telepathy -- it's
quieter." A guy who lives one house up from me plays Scottish bagpipes and
performs in military reenactment groups. He walks up and down the street
with his pipes to practice, but he also plays air bagpipe on the municipal
bus, with his arm pumping away on the imaginary bag. Now *that* gets some
funny looks.

Lelia Loban
Fire Don Rumsfeld, right bleeping now.

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