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My response will be in part influenced by the information I gathered from reading your profile. My first suggestion to you is to strongly encourage you to learn an instrument. If you're serious about writing music and about having it played by live performers, having a working knowledge of the instruments is important. It is paramount to be technically ...


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With a fast enough tempo, it could be quite a few! :-) Necessarily, you would need to time it out at your score's tempo to find a number, but the clarinet in general has a lot of resistance compared to other wind instruments, so the amount of airflow is relatively small. Depending on the range of the instrument in which this note occurs, a good clarinetist ...


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Saxophones and oboes are conical, and behave like closed conical pipes. They are closed at the reed, just like the clarinet. Flutes are cylindrical, and behave like open cylindrical pipes. The sound is made by blowing across the opening at the head joint, and it is not closed like in other woodwinds. Clarinets are cylindrical like the flute, but closed ...


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I am assuming for this answer that you are wanting to adjust commercial reeds made from cane (not synthetic materials), and that you are not trying to make your own reeds from blanks or from stalks of cane. I have always felt that my time with the saxophone was too limited as it was. So, I always wanted to keep the reed work as simple and quick as possible ...


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It really depends on where it was taken, who it was taken to, and how much needed to be done to it. If it was taken to a small, local person with little demand and all it needed was new corks / pads, it wouldn't be too much. If it was local or taken out of state to someone in high-demand / highly regarded and needed a lot of work, it could also have cost a ...


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In this admittedly limited study, they record one oboist using more than double (over 110 cm H2O) the blowing pressure to play fortissimo compared to two different clarinetists (both around 50 cm H2O), also playing fortissimo. The other oboist in the study blew a peak pressure of about 80 cm H2O for fortissimo playing. A better graphical comparison is ...


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What makes this complicated is that different brands of mouthpiece makers use different labeling methods for these characteristics. Generally speaking though, you can make the following deductions: Tip Opening: This is the distance from the tip of the reed to the tip of the mouthpiece (when a reed is in place). The wider the tip opening (or higher the ...


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I play all 3 instruments. Saxophone is simply an easier instrument than clarinet overall, and is more commonly used in rock music. It's the natural choice. That being said, oboists often find clarinet easier because the embouchure is a bit firmer, which they're used to. Sax embouchure can feel awkwardly loose, especially on tenor and lower saxes. I know ...


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I can generally hold a note for 16 counts at quarter note = 60. It leaves me huffing though. I've known other players who can do more and most young players can do far less.


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Have you considered a brass instrument like trombone or euphonium? For me, the embouchures share some important characteristics, while still being distinct enough that one shouldn't mess up the other. If you are an advanced player and plan on pursuing music as a career, I would highly recommend continuing to practice bassoon throughout marching season, ...


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Both are extremely common in orchestral music, and any professional musician (or even a serious college student or hobbyist) who plays classical music should have them. And even if they don't, they should be adept at transposing. I wouldn't classify the higher pitched trumpets as "harsher", but rather "brighter". The C trumpet is noticeably brighter than ...


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There are generally a few levels of "reconditioning" that could have been done, depending on the quality of the clarinet and how badly it had been neglected. Re-Pad - All padded keys have their pads replaced. Typically also includes cleaning and lubrication of key hinges. Some shops will also replace felt and cork key silencers and any corked key pads at ...


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Disclaimer: I’m a fellow sax player and have more or less never blown into a clarinet. As you probably know a clarinet does not have an octave key (it has a key which makes the clarinet jump to the fifth of the octave instead). Because of that, you shouldn’t expect fingerings between saxophone and clarinet to be related at all. Other than that, I’m ...


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Reed strength is more of a personal preference in terms of sound, but according to the Vandoren website, they recommend anywhere from a 3 1/2 to a 5 in reed strength for that mouthpiece.


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The clarinet has a cylindrical bore, which makes it behave as a closed tube, odd harmonics. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bore_(wind_instruments)


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Disclaimer: former clarinet and sax player, never double reed. As Edouard points out, the sax goes in octaves just as an oboe does. However, it doesn't take long to get the "feel" of the octave+fifth that the clarinet uses. The clarinet requires a somewhat tighter embouchure than the sax, so you may find it less of a jump from the extremely tight oboe ...


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If you hear an air-rushing sound, it's almost certainly due to reed strength, as you are finding out. Leaks in pads or body joints are more likely to produce squeaky notes, or make it difficult/impossible to play notes which expect the given pad to be closed. But far more important: please take some lessons from a qualified instructor. It's all too ...


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Much like the strengths of different brands wooden reeds, plastics reeds also vary - a number 3 is not always a number 3! You'll need to find an appropriate comparison chart (like below) for whichever brand of reed you choose to buy. (I'm not sure what's available in Canada, apologies.) I have two Fibracell reeds, and haven't been especially impressed by ...


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Violin is a very intuitive and expressive instrument with lots of degrees of freedom which makes it one of the instruments benefiting most from early adoption and lessons (which are a cost factor for most). Like the clarinet, it is an instrument with continuous control of tone, but also with effortless and continuous adoption of pitch. If you take it up ...


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The basic answer (which applies to carbon fiber stringed instruments too) is that our current understanding of materials science is insufficient to produce a material which exhibits as "flat", i.e. uniform frequency resonance curve as wood. Keep in mind that it takes a lot of skill to select proper wood -- there's a reason reed instruments are made ...


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I find that the mustiness smell mostly comes from the case. I'd suggest vacuuming the case then leaving it out in the sun for a few hours. For the instrument, wipe it down with a dry rag or paper towel. You can get any of the dust out from between the keys using a small soft paint brush or q-tip. If the smell still does not go away and it seems that it is ...


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As tuning up is difficult for any wind-instrument it is better when it comes with a slightly higher 'base' tuning already. If you pull the mouthpiece out you can tune the clarinet down but you couldn't tune it up when your mouthpiece is already fully stuck on the instrument. You had to do all tuning corrections with your mouth - which might be difficult ...


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Given that most of the reed players I've worked with bring sax (tenor/alto/soprano) and a clarinet and often a flute, leads me to say it won't be too much of a problem. SOME of the fingering is the same, and the embouchure is similar. Since you have musical knowledge from playing piano as well, it will be quite an enjoyable, straightforward job. I'm often ...


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Practice long tones on just the mouthpiece and barrel with a tuner at first. You should produce a C# (concert). Your embouchure should be firmer, but don't bite. The chin should be stretched flat at all times and the jaw should never move. Basically: corners in, top lip stretched down, chin flat. The "smile" embouchure should be avoided, as should any ...


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I trialled all three methods. Both the coke and vinegar solution took some of the tarnish off over about 8 hours, but neither did the entire job. (The coke was more effective, but perhaps using straight vinegar, rather than a solution may help.) The bicarbonate of soda was the most effective method. An hour or two of soaking took a lot of tarnish off, ...


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The only way to really know if it's right for you, is to go to a shop - and try a few things. Clarinet's aren't like computers, you can't buy one based on it's 'specs' in the same way - you're much better going to a shop with a budget, trying a few different instruments and brands, and seeing what suits you. I've had a Google of 'Palatino' - I'd never heard ...


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I apologize for making this an answer, since I cannot comment due to lack of reputation. I was in various high-school and college orchestras back when I played clarinet (about 4-5 years ago now), so the information I have here for you may be outdated. I tried Legere reeds when they first came out, and have also heard semi-good things about Fibracell. ...


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Mutes I would recommend using something like this: http://www.bill-lewington.com/saxmute.htm It does soften the sound by about 50% for B flat clarinet. Unfortunately, I don't believe that there is a mute made for an E flat clarinet. Another thing you can do is play your clarinet into your closet so that the clothing drowns out the sound. Earplugs ...


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Go for it! Maybe you'll play for a semester or two; maybe you'll make violin your primary instrument. Either way you can't lose. Even if you don't become a soloist, you'll be a better accompanist, conductor, teacher or whatever you end up being for the experience.


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Since you already have more than a basic grounding in music, just do it! The reason for choosing violin is the offer of a free instrument. Violin is far removed from piano/clarinet in technique, so won't be too easy. For that reason, it's a good choice. Another idea is to get a flute or sax - flutes are inexpensive - and teach yourself, as the fingerings are ...



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