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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000221.txt from 2007/12

From: Margaret Thornhill <>
Subj: [kl] Re: Legato Finger Motion
Date: Mon, 31 Dec 2007 20:56:31 -0500


This subject comes round about once a year--last year, sometime, Tony
Pay and I pounded on this at length.

With due respect to Mr. Hasty, Mr. Marcellus, Tony and all the other
great clarinetists who brought this up, the secret of a great (even a
good) legato is all in the breath.

A beautiful legato is achievable by any clarinetist who can make a
beautiful tone AND also sustain that tone from note to note throughout
his scale--pop or no pop, slow fingers or no fingers.

Happy new year to all---



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