Klarinet Archive - Posting 000114.txt from 2010/12
From: Margaret Thornhill <clarinetstudio@-----.com>
Subj: Re: [kl] finger calluses
Date: Mon, 20 Dec 2010 12:27:03 -0500
But the other question is, WHY would he have to have finger calluses
removed? and what kind of calluses are we talking about?
Calluses are caused by pressure against keys and thumb rest only (unless
Goodman had some finger deformities resulting from non-clarinet activity.)
Most of the time we see only two: the right thumb and the right index finger
(from being incorrectly wrapped against the lowest right-hand trill key/ring
frame) Some people might also develop a small thickening on the left index
where the finger meets the throat G-sharp key (and this could be more
developed in a person who uses G-sharp and A as alternate fingering for
altissimo notes) In all my years of teaching all kinds of players, I've
never seen calluses from playing in any other spot. Ok, Maybe someone who
played with truly "flat" fingers (something other than the finger pad
contacting the ring) might have additional calluses, but I've never seen
anything like that in Goodman's old videos; his technique is just too clean
to support this idea.
The usual clarinet-occupational types of calluses wouldn't, in my opinion,
prevent any one from learning any more standardized kind of technique for
classical playing such as Goodman supposedly got from Kell.
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