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 Fingering question
Author: Musikat 
Date:   2018-01-30 07:15

I am a high-level amateur, have been to Interlochen, consistently play 1st part in community bands I have been in, etc. Way back in elementary school when I was first learning the octave key my band director taught us the "alternative middle B and C fingerings (right hand B and left hand C) and told us kids with smaller fingers might find that easier to play. I did, so that is what I have played ever since, through many private teachers, etc. I know both, of course, and will use the normal fingering when I have to, but I don't think it has ever hindered my playing. In fact, since I don't have the alternate Eb key that some of the newer instruments have, I think it makes more sense to play C on the left to easily reach Eb.

Now I am teaching my 10 year old and did the same with him. I showed him both, asked which felt more easy and he chose the same method I use. Now his band director is trying to insist that he play it the "right" way. Before I go to bat with this woman, I wanted to throw it out to the teachers (and others) out there. Does it really matter? Is there a reason that he HAS to play B and C the most common way?

BTW I also taught myself how to play pool left handed, naturally. Maybe it is just my preference (I am normally right handed though)

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