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 "Melody" B flat
Author: runner 
Date:   2017-03-12 19:57

I decided to introduce the "melody" B flat to some of my 5th grade beginners. This requires the use of the 3rd side key and the a key. I also suggest keeping the 3rd finger of the left hand.
I have reasons for doing this which I feel you know the answer to.
Is this ridiculous?
I do have one beginner who has no problem with it. He also plays violin very well.

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Author: Barry Vincent 
Date:   2017-03-13 01:53

I always use this fingering as long as I don't need to use the first RH finger straight after it . For example. I use this when there is a G / G#/ A ect just above the stave. And of course if the notation doesn't go any higher than this Bb and there are no RH fingers needed in the low notes. It definitely sounds slightly better in tone.


Post Edited (2017-03-13 01:56)

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 Re: "Melody" B flat
Author: kdk 2017
Date:   2017-03-13 02:32

The obvious problem comes when the student needs to cross the "break" - either going up or coming down - when the side Bb is much more awkward. There's nothing wrong with even a beginner knowing that Bb and using it, but you'll have to teach the standard fingering as you teach the clarion register, along with explanation of when to use each.

As far as keeping the LH 3rd finger (do you mean the one next to the pinky?)down goes, I'd be careful about prescribing any specific resonance fingering (if that's why you teach it) for use all the time because each clarinet and, for that matter, each reed is different, and the same resonance fingering may not work well in all cases. I find as a player that keeping LH fingers down as I descend over the break *can* reduce my LH flexibility and make some passages actually harder. Also, the student will then have to be taught to lift the finger for F# (and lower) if not for G. So, I wouldn't call this part "ridiculous" but I'd call it overly fussy and potentially self-defeating in the long run.


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 Re: "Melody" B flat
Author: pewd 
Date:   2017-03-13 07:00

I don't introduce resonance fingerings until they're in 8th grade (3rd year). 2nd year students if they're unusually proficient.

- Paul Dods
Dallas, Texas

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