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  1. One thing to keep in mind is what you are hearing...

    One thing to keep in mind is what you are hearing might not be audible to those who are listening. Things like breath noise, key noise and the like are very audible to you, but they are subject to...
  2. Thread: Poetry...

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    Poetry...

    Many, many years ago, I got browned off following an extended session of playing with folks (strings mostly) for whom music was written (in order to keep their key signatures below three sharps)....
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    Sounds like a commercial to me... I have real...

    Sounds like a commercial to me...

    I have real problems with the key action on all of the controller "sticks" that I have tried. Not at all like the keywork on a horn. And, the lightning response...
  4. Thread: Clarineo?

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    While the weight is less, the method of support...

    While the weight is less, the method of support is different. Brass instruments are "cradled" in the hand, while clarinets are carried so that all of the weight is on one finger.
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    That's what books and coolers are for... When...

    That's what books and coolers are for...

    When I last did 1776, I was able to exit the pit, get in my car, drive to the local McDonald's, drive back, eat upstairs, and then get back into the pit...
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    And work through the Practical Method for the...

    And work through the Practical Method for the Bassoon, by J. Weissenborn method as part of your
    acclimation...

    I've been off bassoon a couple of years now, and what I have found is that (despite...
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    The initial visit to the therapist went very well...

    The initial visit to the therapist went very well indeed. Right off the bat, she told us that it appears that I have had a minor stroke affecting the speech areas of the brain (which would explain...
  8. Thread: LaFleur

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    Like so much else in life, "It depends..." ...

    Like so much else in life, "It depends..."

    First, the instrument is an "Albert" system, which automatically makes it a musical (if not a real) antique. Alberts have not been in common use since...
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    On a standard instrument, you would finger the C...

    On a standard instrument, you would finger the C with one little finger, then trill the Db (C#) with the other. On an Albert, I don't think that the mechanism allows this one, but it's been a while...
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    I've had problems with them in the past over some...

    I've had problems with them in the past over some pretty innocous things. The worst was when I used the terms "girl singer" and "boy singer" in a posting about vocalists. The posting was pulled and I...
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    Boy, I bet that they worked overtime on those...

    Boy, I bet that they worked overtime on those bits of whimsy...
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    Used, perhaps, but used wisely. I too play Berg...

    Used, perhaps, but used wisely. I too play Berg Larsens (metal in my case), and could move walls when the chart merited it. However, most of what we play is ensemble work, and very little of it is...
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    All that I currently have is a lash-up of...

    All that I currently have is a lash-up of borrowed equipment (the controller and synth) combined with a foot pedal box (to switch "horns") and my group's piano amp. If I move to doing this...
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    Tonight's pit crew rehearsal (with the cast) went...

    Tonight's pit crew rehearsal (with the cast) went well, with only some minor leakage during "Got A Lotta Livin' To Do". The amp I'm using (our piano amp) has a volume control that is extremely...
  15. The Rovners are perfectly adequate ligatures, as...

    The Rovners are perfectly adequate ligatures, as long as they are a good fit for the mouthpiece. Try to use a standard for clarinet Rovner on a crystal mouthpiece (or on a standard size and taper...
  16. Going for "one's own sound" is all well and good,...

    Going for "one's own sound" is all well and good, as long as the sound mandated by the chart is not specific. I am primarily a pit and ensemble player, with the rare solo usually in the raucous R&B...
  17. Thread: Wish Me Luck!

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    The key to getting on with Unca Sam is to 1) make...

    The key to getting on with Unca Sam is to 1) make sure that all of your competencies are lined out in your application, 2) try to act subdued in the interview if you get that far, and 3) chill out...
  18. Thread: Fat Fingers

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    Over the years, I have taken to playing any...

    Over the years, I have taken to playing any throat Bb on any bass that lasts longer than a quarter note (in moving passages) or a quarter or shorter (in isolation) using the second trill key from the...
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    I live to serve...

    I live to serve...
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    After quite a bit of calling the insurance...

    After quite a bit of calling the insurance company, the referring doctor, and the speech therapist, I finally am on board with her for the (hopefully) curative therapy. Time will tell.
  21. Well, my "synthesizer advisor" (Jim Brugman, he...

    Well, my "synthesizer advisor" (Jim Brugman, he of the blowout preventer industry and appearance in Disney's Bedknobs and Broomsticks as a saxophone playing member of the Royal Tank Regiment) has...
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    Regardless of where you decide to go, I'd avoid...

    Regardless of where you decide to go, I'd avoid the extended range bass. Too much cost, not enough call for one. (And I speak as a guy who has owned an extended range horn for over forty years...)
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    Low E range bass clarinets are mighty thin on the...

    Low E range bass clarinets are mighty thin on the ground these days. I started on one as a child, and I currently have a couple of them (one French, one Italian, both "Albert" system horns), but...
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    Play in keywork can be taken out, through a...

    Play in keywork can be taken out, through a variety of techniques. Sometimes, it's a bent post somewhere along the line, other times it is wear at the end of barrels on axle keys.

    However, many...
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    Every Bundy bass that I have every played trended...

    Every Bundy bass that I have every played trended sharp in a big way. It can be compensated for, and in Europe, the higher pitch isn't as big of a downer as it is here.

    In spite of playing bass...
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