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 Re: Rest left pinky on key?
Author: nellsonic 
Date:   2019-05-14 04:51

I don't think most students are going to do well with the 'hovering' idea. They need something tactile to help them learn good hand position. While typing this some of my fingers are nearly always in contact with the keyboard and this helps my brain to know exactly where to aim the ones in motion so that they connect with proper key when landing (most of the time) without me looking.

Unless it's been addressed in their studies most aspiring clarinetists seem to have hands that move excessively and chaotically making technical proficiency and ease much more challenging to achieve. The home keys do change with the tonal context of the music, but the practice of having them has more benefits than disadvantages in my experience. My own pinkies do hover at times but more as the exception than the rule.

I'd also take issue with the idea of using the left hand C as the primary fingering except perhaps when smaller hands might make it necessary. The right hand C is a much more efficient mechanism and the one that most of us end up preferring.

How your fingers and hands work the clarinet is ultimately a matter of habits. Choose the ones you wish to rely on carefully. Efficiency and lack of unnecessary tension are key. Scales and arpeggio practice are a good arena to work out those choices.



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