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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000046.txt from 2010/11

From: Shannon McNeely <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Improvisation and the art of argument
Date: Wed, 03 Nov 2010 15:05:21 -0400

I play in two wind orchestras and the clarinets seem to always sit in
front of the trumpets. I wear special musician earplugs that I
purchased from an audiologist. They are custom made and I purchased
two different filtering strengths. When I play bass clarinet, they
don't affect my hearing myself or others at all. When I play Bb
clarinet, it does somewhat sound like I am playing in a barrel. I can
hear the rest of the group well enough that I can blend, both loudness
and intonation. I already have hearing problems from my years playing
in large groups and I wear them so I don't get any worse. Audiologists
recommend that all musicians wear them.


On Nov 3, 2010, at 11:59 AM, Gary Van Cott wrote:

>> Dad gave me a hard time about playing without using earplugs...
>> When
>> I complained nobody else I knew uses them, he retorted that no one
>> else cares...
> I wouldn't think this is necessary for clarinet unless you were
> practicing e-flat clarinet in a small room with hard surfaces. Of
> course, I use ear protection when I mow the lawn and hardly anyone
> does
> that either.
> Gary
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