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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000209.txt from 2004/12

From: "Lelia Loban" <>
Subj: [kl] strange doubling?
Date: Mon, 13 Dec 2004 10:19:22 -0500

Daniel Fairhead wrote,

>Do most clarinetests double only on woodwind instruments, or are there
>many others who double on various other things. I double on drums. Any
>other "strange" doublers?

Piano probably doesn't qualify as a "strange" doubling, since piano was my
first instrument. Besides, imho, learning the piano will improve nearly
any musician. Back in the day, I took a few pipe organ lessons from an
uncle who played professionally, but of course that's a wind instrument. I
also experiment with a bunch of ethnic winds that I don't understand well
enough to comprehend how badly I play them. Well, for *strange* doubling,
I play bodhran, and if anybody wanted to hear a truly atrocious beginning
cornet player, they could have come to my house a couple of years ago.

I fell in love with the Haydn trumpet concerto as a child, and resented the
grade school band teacher telling me girls don't play the trumpet (my first
choice of instrument) or the drums (second choice, or maybe it was the
other way around--I'm trying to remember back to the mid-1950s), so when I
found a good-quality vintage cornet at a flea market, I decided to try to
learn as an adult. After about a year, I suspected I was mostly teaching
myself bad habits (although I could play up to C above the staff, if I
approached up the scale from below instead of trying to nail it from
nowhere, and if I weren't too fussy about the intonation). Therefore I set
the cornet aside until the day comes when I get past the stage fright
enough to take lessons and play in front of a teacher, which may be
approximately when hell freezes. Then I tried the same thing with
orchestral flute (I play recorders, but thought, hey, something LOUDER
might be fun...) and got even worse results, so now I pretty much stick
with the beak-mouthed winds (clarinet, sax, recorder).

Maybe doubling isn't quite the right word, anyway, since I don't play gigs.
I'm an amateur and I double only to entertain Shadow Cat, who also enjoys
watching classic horror movies with me.

Lelia Loban


Date: Mon, 13 Dec 2004 10:32:34 -0600
From: Shadow Cat <>
Subject: Re: [kl] strange doubling?
Message-Id: <rodents-die-13-666>

I'm making my stupid pet human type this. By "classic," she means movies
like the 1945 version of "The Picture of Dorian Gray," which I do enjoy
because it pays proper respect to a most powerful statuette of Bast; but
believe me, I'd rather watch "Seed of Chucky" than listen to Lelia play the

Shadow Cat

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