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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000062.txt from 2010/12

From: "Dan Leeson" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Practice your scales
Date: Sat, 11 Dec 2010 10:37:36 -0500


In the movie "The Music Man," Professor Harold Hill teaches the town's
children to play their band instruments not by giving them lessons, but
rather by telling them to "think about it." You statement about tone being
a matter of self-conception sounds to me like the same approach.

Now I am confident that you, as a fine instrumentalist, pay a great deal of
attention to the many physical factors that influence the tone's character,
and that you also pay careful attention to the sound that you and your
instrument produce. But your statement sounds as if these physicality's are
of seconday consideration to your own self-conception.

Concepts aid your personal measurement of sound character, but I don't think
that they are anywhere near as important as the physical things that create
the sound, some of which, like your body type, are not really under your
control. Besides, concepts are difficult if not impossible to express in
rational ways and are not really much different from Professor Hill telling
his charges to "think about it.".

Perhaps I misunderstood you.

Dan Leeson

----- Original Message -----
From: "Kathy Williams-DeVries" <>
To: <>
Sent: Friday, December 10, 2010 5:07 PM
Subject: Re: [kl] Practice your scales

> Hi all
> With my YouTube account, just the other day it enabled me to upload videos
> of more than 15 minutes, up to a size of 20G. Don't know how that
> happened,
> but it means a lot less editing time. May be the 1600 plus videos I have
> already uploaded had something to do with it. For the recording, I only
> used
> the camera on my I Phone 4, which goes to show how good the phone is. And
> with the fatboy barrel, the difference is minute, but as I have said
> before
> on this forum, tone is a matter of self conception, and whatever changes
> to
> your setup you may make only make it easier for you to achieve that sound
> concept in your head.
> Regards,
> Kathy Williams-DeVries
> BMusPerf (Hons)
> Grad Dip Arts (Shakespeare Studies)
> 0404946839
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