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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000110.txt from 2010/12

From: Rick Janowski <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Goodman Surgery?
Date: Fri, 17 Dec 2010 12:03:27 -0500

The story has been often quoted. The most authentic-seeming reference I
can find is in a Time magazine article from 1953 for which the reporter
interviewed Goodman at his home. The part about the calluses is not a
direct quote, but seems to come from close enough to the original source
that it appears very plausible.

The word surgical does not appear per se - it says: "Learning to
double-lip like Kell meant learning the clarinet all over again from
scratch; it brought a different set of facial muscles into play, and
required a subtly different fingering technique. Benny had his old
finger calluses removed by a doctor, and then buckled down, at 40, to
relearning his lifework, acquiring a new set of calluses and an even
more controlled technique."


On 12/17/2010 5:46 AM, Martin Marks wrote:
> I"m sorry, this finger surgery to remove callouses makes no sense at all. Goodman's early lessons were with a symphony player. He must have learned the correct fingerings. It's common knowledge that Kell changed his embouchure but how and why would he have changed his fingerings? And an operation to remove callouses? Give me a break! How can this be valid.
> martinm
> On Dec 16, 2010, at 09:30 PM, Bill Hausmann<> wrote:
> The obit was pretty good on the other facts, so I suppose this is valid. I
> know Kell switched him to double lip. Some say he never sounded as good
> after that. I tend to agree.
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