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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000396.txt from 2005/08

From: Nancy Buckman <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Composers as teachers
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2005 18:55:39 -0400

At 03:49 PM 8/21/2005, you wrote:

>If I boasted about my clarinet playing,
>then everybody would assume I'm a jumped-up braggart who probably plays
>like a pig. But, when I assess my clarinet playing realistically, to wit:
>I do play like a pig -- then, naturally, nobody believes that, either, and
>thus, without ever playing a note in public, I get credited with playing
>better than I think I do. Evidently some people on this list even suspect
>that I must be an uncommonly modest person who probably plays rather well.
>Meanwhile, on the rare occasions when I do have to prove myself, I can
>easily prove that I wasn't lying about playing like a pig, and thus I get
>credit for being honest, for not indulging in obnoxious false modesty *and*
>for not boasting. Not bad!


Yes, there are some of us who have met you and know what you are all
about. Shadow Cat has told us all about you, too. Really though, no
matter what YOU think, in my eyes you are a star and I will always look up
to you, if for no other reason than most of the time you are right. If I
could play as well as you write (and even think!), I'd be SOOO rich. And I
hope you'll hang around for the same reasons I hope Tony does!

Keep the ink flowing.


Nancy Buckman
Principal Clarinet / Orchestra AACC

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