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    Default Clarinet anyone?

    Anyone play this wonderful but frustrating instrument? Had it a few years now and can get a tune out of it. Which is more than I can say for flute!

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    My sister learnt clarinet as a child and as a teenager she added the oboe, I chose flute and later piccolo. I tried to produce sounds and failed almost completely.

    Our dad is a saxophonist, and despite my futile tries on the clarinet I've started thinking that I would like to ask him if I can try to play on his alto sax (though soundwise I'd prefer the tenor). Last year I tried out his Yamaha Wind Controller and I was surprised at how easy it was to produce a sound. I don't like the artificial sound though. I think that's where the idea of maybe showing an interest sax comes from. My Dad still plays in a band with somebody he's played with for 45 years.

    I still play my flute (Yamaha YFL-574), my piccolo (Yamaha Piccolo 62), my alto flute (Trevor James Performer), and my traverso (Rottenburgh student model made by Claire Soubeyran).

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    Got one in July last year...this is where I got to now ........


    ...can't leave the damned thing alone. But relax when you play it and it slaps you in the face.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CeeJay View Post
    Got one in July last year...this is where I got to now ........


    ...can't leave the damned thing alone. But relax when you play it and it slaps you in the face.
    Just trying something out........

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    Pretty good, and yea it needs constant work to keep good tone. Ukulele is much easier lol
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    Over the years I have found that every instrument can difficult, depending on what you want to do with it. They all have different challenges. That said, yes instruments that do not rely on reeds or embouchure control can be much easier to get results.

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    I always wanted to try to play a clarinet or saxophone. I am actually learning to play the alto recorder (no, not Hot Cross Buns and such). I am learning the fingerings now. I can "play" some hymns and a little classical music. My aim is to play baroque music.

    Learning to make a sound is not difficult. Learning to make a good, consistent, pleasant sound is much harder. Though there is no reed of embouchure to deal with, breath control is vital.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EDW View Post
    . That said, yes instruments that do not rely on reeds or embouchure control can be much easier to get results.
    Except for flute. Flute is a nightmare. After 2 years I can play 5 notes
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chopped Liver View Post
    I always wanted to try to play a clarinet or saxophone. I am actually learning to play the alto recorder (no, not Hot Cross Buns and such). I am learning the fingerings now. I can "play" some hymns and a little classical music. My aim is to play baroque music.

    Learning to make a sound is not difficult. Learning to make a good, consistent, pleasant sound is much harder. Though there is no reed of embouchure to deal with, breath control is vital.
    If you want to play baroque music I recommend the recorder. Preferably the alto recorder
    You don't stop playing when you get old. You get old when you stop playing

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    Brunswick BU4-B baritone called Kalua
    Fender DG5 Dreadnought guitar named Tilly
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