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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000106.txt from 2005/05

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Subj: Re: [kl] A splendid experience visitng Himie Voxman
Date: Thu, 05 May 2005 17:51:50 -0400

What would be a good book for self-study? Like many others who grew up with
the Rubank editions, they were our clarinet "bibles" before the Klose book.
I never felt it goes or went too fast. It is a great deal superior to any
band methods which many private teachers seem to use as the main teaching

If it goes too fast perhaps one should slow down and thoroughly learn each
line. Mr. Voxman knew exactly what he was writing in the 30's. His
knowledge of wind literature and teaching methods was/is far superior to
anyone else I have ever been associated with. Perhaps the standards were
higher then than now.

Anyone who took his Wind Literature class at Iowa knew of his vast
knowledge. Incredible knowledge.

Keep practicing.


Too many distractions for the young students.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Adam Michlin" <>
To: <>
Sent: Thursday, May 05, 2005 8:33 AM
Subject: Re: [kl] A splendid experience visitng Himie Voxman

> It is interesting to note that the beginning band method book is pretty
> much an invention of the 20th century. I wish I could remember the source
> (I think it was in reference to the Klose book), but the argument I've
> read is that prior to the 20th century it was all but unthinkable that one
> would learn an instrument *and* music at the same time. You learned music
> through vocal training or keyboard training (often both) and then, having
> some reasonable mastery of music, you learned your instrument.
> The Rubank methods, in my opinion, go much too fast for a rank musical
> beginner. My own suspicion is that these books represented the changing
> times and the authors were assuming a set of musical training in a
> beginning instrumentalist that one can no longer assume. I don't think
> Rubank goes too fast at all for someone with thorough musical training
> which makes it, to this day, a wonderful choice to use when learning an
> additional instrument.
> Progress, indeed.
> -Adam
> PS: Clarinet, clarinet, clarinet!
> At 08:10 AM 5/5/2005 -0500, Gary Smith wrote:
> [...]
>>I think the Rubank books are great if you're giving lessons to
>>beginners - not so good for self-study, and I could wish that someone
>>would take them and update things like the fingering charts to make
>>them easier to understand (just show a complete fingering under each
>>note), but the approach as to where to start, how to practice crossing
>>the break, etc. is spot-on. And you get a lot of practice with a
>>fundamental before moving on to the next thing. Finally, especially
>>with older beginners, I think the less "cutesy" graphics (or
>>non-graphics) is a plus.
> [...]
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