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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000082.txt from 2005/04

From: Roger Shilcock <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Slow fingers (reply to Tony Pay)
Date: Wed, 06 Apr 2005 04:03:28 -0400

I'm probably not a "good clarinetist", in Tony P.'s terms. However, there is a
range of possible articulations of notes from just changing the fingers to
"normal" separative tonguing, copupled with variations in attack through
breath control.
Roger S.

n message <005101c53a3d$35dba3d0$ writes:
> Tony, I am one of your biggest admirers, and it wouldn't matter to me how
> you do what you do.
> Sure, if a player doesn't know what he wants, or isn't listening, or doesn't
> know what to listen for, discussion is moot.
> However
> 1. not everyone is a natural
> 2. sometimes--frequently, in fact-- even people who are naturals are helped
> by reflecting on how they do what they do (I think I fell into this
> category, fingerwise)
> With respect, your comment "legato of varying degrees" means nothing to me.
> Do you mean a clarinet equivalent of portamento? Do you --in any substantive
> way--move your fingers differently for Brahms than, for example, Copland?
> And since you asked, in Rosario Mazzeo's spare time he was a damn good
> clarinetist, photographer and amateur ornithologist. He also really liked
> people.
> Ciao,
> Margaret Thornhill
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