Date: Thu, 11 Sep 1997 00:19:04 -0400
Subject: Re: Herbert L. Clarke

Ole J. Utnes wrote:
> Fellow TPIN'ers !
> I have read somewhere that Herbert L. Clarke was borne the 12' th of September  1867.
> If this is right (if my memory serves me well), Friday  it will be 130 year since he was borne.
> Maybe we could start a "Clarke-tread"  on TPIN ?

Here are some H.L.Clarke Quotes - Listen carefully!

Clyde Hunt

My Favorite Herbert L. Clarke Quotes

From the Technical Studies (Introduction - 1912) (publ. Carl Fischer)

"....always remembering that only a slight pressure, and not brute
force, is necessary to produce a tone."

"One cannot expect to attain the highest point of excellence without
hard work and perseverance".

"There are few celebrated cornet soloists, although thousands play the
instrument. Most players practice incorrectly and by neglecting the
elementary work, lose many of the benefits to be gained".

From the First Study

"Practice each exercise eight to sixteen times in one breath. Press
the fingers down firmly and keep the lips moving.  Contract the lips
slightly in ascending, relax in descending".

>From the Second Study

"Do not waste time on those which are easy."

>From the Fifth Study

"Endurance is 90 percent of cornet playing, and will power is
necessary to accomplish what is considered an impossibility by many

>From The Characteristic Studies (publ. Carl Fischer)

"Cornet players should strive to become creative, and not imitative by
persistently copying some great soloist.  To the contrary, they should
endeavor to produce original ideas which no other players have other
thought of, and try to demonstrate their own musical and artistic

Remarks On Tonguing

"But their is a difference in using the tongue when playing loud or
soft, also when playing either high or low registers." .... "The
tongue should work perfectly with the muscles of the lips, contracting
it slightly for the higher notes, and relaxing it for the lower

"As a matter of argument, when the muscles of the lips are contracted
for high tones, one would necessarily  pronounce 'te', and when
relaxed for low tones, 'tu'; consequently, it would be unnatural, and
almost impossible to use the same syllable for tones in all registers
of the cornet".

End of Clarke Quotes