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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000450.txt from 2005/08

From: Diane Karius <dikarius@-----.com>
Subj: Re: [kl] "Tuning" vs. Intonation (and listening)
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2005 10:04:31 -0400

--- sarah elbaz <sarah@-----.com> wrote:

> <snip>... but I find my self spending most of the
> time working on their ability
> to LISTEN to each other.<big snip>

I'm curious as to how you "work on their ability to
listen to each other". I recently played with a trio
of clarinetists for a music festival and, for the
first time in the couple years that I've done this, I
(as nominal "leader" of the group)wasn't able to "fix"
the precision problems we were having because I
couldn't find a way to help the other two members of
the trio "hear" each well enough during a particular
section of the piece. My usual tricks (devoting part
of a rehearsal to playing each others parts, etc)
didn't help to any great extent and in the performance
we broke apart in the same place we always did and all
I could do was sit and listen :-( (my part was a very
nice, but utterly unhelpful (in this context),
sustained note).

I've racked my brain since then for other ways to
improve our listening skills and haven't come up with
anything so I'm very interested in some other ways of
approaching the issue of listening.

Diane Karius

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