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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000408.txt from 2005/05

From: Simeon Loring <>
Subj: Re: [kl] legendary teachers and their Methods
Date: Thu, 26 May 2005 22:48:59 -0400

My lessons with Leon were frequently involved with techniques
for solving problems e.g. playing evenly (repeating the first two
notes until they were even, and then proceeding), getting a good
legato by preparing fingers and embouchure, going over specific
technical problems by playing them forwards and backwards in
different tempi, to name a few that I remember from the 50's, when I
studied with him. Leon said several of these ideas came from Simon
Kovar, who taught next door, and was a gentle, precise, nurturing and
warm colleague.
On May 26, 2005, at 10:31 PM, David Niethamer wrote:

> On May 26, 2005, at 7:07 AM, Daniel Fairhead wrote:
>> What do you mean by "taught you to practice" ? Do you mean
>> encouraged you
>> to spend more time practicing, or a specific method of practicing,
>> or something
>> else?
> Russianoff had specific techniques for practicing passages to learn
> them accurately and make them "stick" the next time you came back
> to them. He was also very much interested in having students
> develop an ear for what was less than satisfactory in any given
> passage, and analyzing how to improve or fix it. It could be
> drudgery at times, but it was valuable.
> David B. Niethamer
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