Covered tone holes for small fingers . Not the answer.
Dear Mr. Friedland:
I have two students (8th grade/girls) who are twins. Both have very small hands making it difficult to cover the tone holes. The lower octave is manageable but the have never been able to playpast the break when they are only partially covering the tone holes. When they get to HS I suggested
they try bass clarinet but they really would like to continue on regular clarinet. Do you know of any
student model Bb clarinets with covered tone holes or could you offer any suggestions? Thank you
Prior to locating a clarinet with covered holes, let me suggest that this is not a problem concerned so much with the size of your twins fingers than it is one of simple development .
If they can play the lower octave, they will be able to play the upper, for the fingering is the same. Really, it is exactly the same and it is difficult for any beginner to learn to go into the clarion register of the instrument, in fact it only means the opening of the register key with the left thumb. But, the fingers have to learn to stay in their positions and this only comes after the proper instruction. What they need is a private teacher or someone who can point them in the correct direction, however it is mostly a problem concerned with breathing, coordination and confidence and it does and will come in your daughters cases. Iy may come a trifle easier however there is only one student instrument available. Should you decide on its purchase,you are forever wedded to that instrument and there is no other alternative. There is an instrument with covered tone holes, however I cannot find a listing for it.