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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000144.txt from 2008/05

From: "Daniel Leeson" <>
Subj: [kl] Bass in A
Date: Thu, 22 May 2008 19:26:12 -0400

And Rien, I also add that sharp keys frequently place the player in the
position lifting one finger while lowering another as one goes from note to
note, for example from b-natural to c-sharp. The mechanics involves raising
one finger while lowering another. We do it by instinct, but it certainly is
more difficult keys with many sharps.

While going over the break on a clarinet does requires skill in going from
the B-flat to the C seamlessly (as is shown by the fact that most young
players find that manoeuver difficult to accomplish), except for that, the
up-on-one-key while going-down-on-another does not occur in either of the
two fundamental clarinet registers, C and G. But once you are in either
register, it is up-up-up-up sequentially, one finger at a time until you get
to the top or down-down-down-down sequentially, one finger at a time until
you get to the bottom.

That is why every player enjoys playing in C major. There are no
complexitites to the movements of the fingers. Equally true with G major.
But E major or B major. You fingers do a great deal of work.

I'm surprised you don't know this, and that is because you never really took
stock of what your fingers are doing in various keys.

If you try and do these things at a concious level, it's likely that you
won't be able to play at all, because on cannot think that fast. It only
works when you are so used to it, that you don't have to think about it.

Dan Leeson
SKYPE: dnleeson


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