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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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You can pull out the mouthpiece and tune your clarinet to lower frequencies. That way clarinets tuned to 442Hz can be tuned down to 440Hz with ease when needed. Tuning up is not easy. However, an expensive clarinet is more likely to be used by a professional who would prefer different clarinets for orchestras with different pitches instead of trying to tune ...


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Yes, both are common, and are the predominant instruments in modern American orchestras. For clarinets, the most commonly used are A, Bb, and Eb; for trumpets, C, Bb, D/Eb, and A/Bb (piccolo). (In other parts of the world, mainly Great Britain and Russia, the Bb trumpet is most widely used.) In the US, by far, the A clarinets and C trumpets are most common. ...


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I have really tried to find an explanation for this since I came across your question. I read some 130 pages in From the Clarinet d’Amour to the Contra Bass A History of Large Size Clarinets, 1740–1860 by Albert R. Rice, but it covers periods only up to late 19th century. Some Google searching found 2 threads (one mentions the other which mentions Rice's ...


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The snorting means that you probably have a weak soft pallet towards your nasal passage. It is totally normal. I know because I have it too. Once you start snorting, it could be embarrassing. I don't know how much you practice, but for me, after practicing several hours a day, I get tired. So I take mini 30 min breaks in between. On the day of the concert, ...


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I can only comment the clarinet part of the question: clarinets in A are common and even amateurs have A and Bb instruments (the Eb clarinet is a different story). It has nothing to do with the size of the orchestra. The part may state clarinet in A and as player of a transposing instrument this leaves you with the choices: use the required instrument ...


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In addition to guidot's excellent advice, try this exercise: without your clarinet, purse your mouth similar to playing embouchure and, using your diaphragm, blow gently while concentrating on keeping the nasal passage closed. When this works consistently, repeat with increased diaphragm pressure (or smaller mouth opening). ALways concentrate on those ...


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Leaking air: It sounds to me, that your muscles are still building up - after two months they are surely not fully accustomed to the new tasks. The remedy is regular practice. I have no clear idea, what your snorting may be. It's always difficult to diagnose wind players, since many important processes happen inside. It may be too much or to little muscle ...



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