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Passion behind the concept

As a clarinet teacher of 18 years I have encountered numerous players, both beginners and advanced, that naturally play the clarinet by lifting their fingers too high off the keys. As a result, when learning clarinet, this often leads them to miss keys and not play as smoothly as they potentially can. Over the years, as a teaching technique, I found that hovering a pencil over my students’ fingers to prevent them from lifting too high and reducing the distance their fingers had to travel immediately improved their accuracy and smoothness when they played. By doing this I realised I could start to train their fingers to stay in the correct position through muscle memory. In return, every student improved at a quicker rate. However, I soon realised that without constant guidance at home most students would resort back to their bad habits during the week or after holidays. Frustrated by this I decided to take action and create a guard that would cover the essential keys of the clarinet and one that the student could not only use in the lesson but at home. In 2011 I began my journey to develop a product that my students could use on a more regular basis away from the lesson, however I found that I faced an array of design challenges. The first was what shape the guard would need to be to cover the keys (especially the little fingers) whilst being practical and complimentary to the design of the clarinet. I then had to work out how to attach this guard to the clarinet in a convenient yet innovative way. After deciding on the best design to use for this I then worked out the position of the magnetic bands the guard would now attach to and the materials to use. Three years later in 2014, after many prototypes, design engineer consultations, meetings with engineers, tooling companies, branding companies and packaging companies the evolution of Classical Fingers  was finally realised. The guard was now positioned at the optimal finger height essential for all levels of players and an innovative Clip & Play design by using magnets for ease of use was achieved. Not only was it important for me to have a product that really worked but one that would create excitement about learning the clarinet for students around the world. When I started learning the clarinet I not only loved the sound of the clarinet but also the design, look and feel of the instrument. I used to (and still do) enjoy putting it together and placing the reed carefully in the correct position before every practise. I wanted to create the same excitement with Classical Fingers so careful consideration has been taken in the design to ensure that Classical Fingers shows off a sleek and elegant design whilst complementing the aesthetic, quality and structure of the clarinet. I am proud to see that Classical Fingers has now been sold to 28 countries including to: Teachers, Students, Stores, Universities, High Schools and Distributors and for being recognised at various Design Awards and Exhibitions. It is exciting to see it helping so many students and I look forward to continuing to help more clarinet students from around the world in the years to come. Phillip Lambert BMus (Inventor and Educator)   
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©Copyright 2015 Cloudbreak Music. All rights reserved  

about classical fingers

Passion behind the concept

As a clarinet teacher of 18 years I have encountered numerous players, both beginners and advanced, that naturally play the clarinet by lifting their fingers too high off the keys. As a result, when learning clarinet, this often leads them to miss keys and not play as smoothly as they potentially can. Over the years, as a teaching technique, I found that hovering a pencil over my students’ fingers to prevent them from lifting too high and reducing the distance their fingers had to travel immediately improved their accuracy and smoothness when they played. By doing this I realised I could start to train their fingers to stay in the correct position through muscle memory. In return, every student improved at a quicker rate. However, I soon realised that without constant guidance at home most students would resort back to their bad habits during the week or after holidays. Frustrated by this I decided to take action and create a guard that would cover the essential keys of the clarinet and one that the student could not only use in the lesson but at home. In 2011 I began my journey to develop a product that my students could use on a more regular basis away from the lesson, however I found that I faced an array of design challenges. The first was what shape the guard would need to be to cover the keys (especially the little fingers) whilst being practical and complimentary to the design of the clarinet. I then had to work out how to attach the guard to the clarinet in a convenient yet innovative way. After deciding on the best design to use for this I then worked out the position of the magnetic bands the guard would now attach to and the materials to use. Three years later in 2014 after many prototypes, design engineer consultations, meetings with engineers, tooling companies, branding companies and packaging companies the evolution of Classical Fingers was finally  realised. The guard was now positioned at the optimal finger height essential for all levels of players and an innovative Clip & Play design by using magnets for ease of use was achieved. Not only was it important for me to have a product that really worked but one that would create excitement about learning the clarinet for students around the world. When I started learning the clarinet I not only loved the sound of the clarinet but also the design, look and feel of the instrument. I used to (and still do) enjoy putting it together and placing the reed carefully in the correct position before every practise. I wanted to create the same excitement with Classical Fingers so careful consideration has been taken in the design to ensure that Classical Fingers shows off a sleek and elegant design whilst complementing the aesthetic, quality and structure of the clarinet. I am proud to see that Classical Fingers has now been sold to 28 countries including to: Teachers, Students, Stores, Universities, High Schools and Distributors and for being recognised at various Design Awards and Exhibitions. It is exciting to see it helping so many students and I look forward to continuing to help more clarinet students from around the world in the years to come. Phillip Lambert BMus (Inventor and Educator)   
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