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As long as you are following good maintenance practices, then no, the only added risk of damage comes from the instrument not being in a protective case. (Hopefully the instrument isn't sitting on a stand long enough for it to collect dust.) Of course, on a clarinet, part of good maintenance practice is swabbing out the moisture after every playing session, ...


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On the assumption that if you added up the note values in the bar concerned, and they added up correctly WITHOUT the 'little notes', they will probably be grace notes. They have no value of their own, and are played sort of crushed in just before the main note that follows. You should not blow separately, but play the little note almost like it was a ...


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As has been said so many times - get a good teacher - at least for a while. I believe anyone can learn to play an instrument by themselves - if they live long enough !! A teacher will guide you to a suitable sax, be it soprano, alto tenor or baritone (quite expensive). Watching videos and using tutor books is good, but they won't answer a question you ...


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Well, "non-reed" eliminates most of the woodwind family, leaving only the flute family. Recorder is pretty easy. There's a reason it's the instrument of choice for elementary school music programs. It takes zero embouchure (mouth position/strength) and almost no air support--you pretty much just blow into it gently and it works. Other recorder-like ...


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All instruments are equally difficult for different reasons. You can't escape by choosing an "easy" instrument because there are none. All pitches from all instruments have overtones. It is impossible not to use an overtone as they are inherent in the physical properties of vibration that actuate the pitch. It is precisely the reliance on the ear to ...


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This is from a long time flute player. 40+ years. On a flute the 'open' note is 2nd octave C# which is a horrible note to tune on due to some compromises that were made in the original design of the Boehm system flute. The c# key is the tiny one at the top its that way because it acts as both the C# key and the key you open to get D and Eb in the flutes ...


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Taking apart the instrument and putting it in the case lessens the probability of someone knocking off a table...or tripping over it on a floor stand...or playing with it...you get the picture. Also, in the case of wooden instruments, placing it in a case with a hydration device will help prevent the wood from drying out and cracking. When I finish ...


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Tips on proper flute embouchure: Aperture (space between your lips) should look like a flat football. Use a mirror! Think of whistling = corners of mouth together and open aperture, then bring corners back and down (like a frown.) Lips should be smooth so air stream can be smooth. Aim air stream for edge on the far side of the opening (that's where the air ...


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For me then putting my flute away involves me cleaning it out (removing the moisture). If I leave it out then I don't do this, because you need to dissemble a flute to clean it. And if I am cleaning it, therefore dissembling it, then why not put it away... But if you're doing as you say, taking care of your instrument, then I see no reason to put it away. ...


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From the perspective of a music educator: the flute would be much easier to learn proper embouchure fundamentals on, as, with the lower pitch, it's more more forgiving. During my college days, I picked up the flute quite quickly, but I had a difficult time achieving a good tone on the piccolo. That said, it would not be impossible to learn on it's own, just ...


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While maple is the standard wood used for bassoons, in Europe mostly Bosnian mountain maple is used. In the colder climate the tree grows slower and so the wood has more growth rings per inch improving stability. Even then maple is inferior to Grenadilla, since it is easier damaged by moisture, lacking the resins contained in Grenadilla, so it is more ...


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I have the EWI USB. As mentioned by Meaningful Username, it doesn't have any in-board sounds, so I can't play it stand-alone -- it has to be plugged in to a computer. While it does come with its own softsynth program (based on Garritan's Aria Player), and a decent set of samples, it can also be used as a generic MIDI controller, which is what I usually do. I ...


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Perception is key. Start by asking the conductor how he feels the balance is. Given that 90% of bass clarinet parts are supporting lines, rather than leading lines, you don't exactly want to have your sound stand out above the sections carrying the tune. If the conductor agrees that you're not producing proper volume, work with your teacher (sure hope ...


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This isn't really a bass clarinet specific answer, but one that would help you to be heard in ensemble playing, generally. Increasing your absolute volume may not be the only way to be heard clearly within an ensemble texture. Playing with more attack, and so more definition, may allow you to be heard more clearly within the ensemble; it will also add ...


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Irish whistle (aka pennywhistle aka tin whistle) is not only the easiest to learn, it's also the probably the only musical instrument in the world where you can get a professional level instrument for around US$20. A great starter site for Irish whistle is Chiff and Fipple.


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Absolutely. JB Arban once said that people have the wrong idea about embouchure - that it's a fixed thing like a statue. He said that embouchure is fluid - you need to do what's right and what sounds good. I am not surprised that you have difficulties with flute after trombone; remember how each instrument works: The flute is like a fickle bottle - you ...


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Although EWIs are MIDI controllers, capable of controlling any MIDI devices, some also have built in sounds and headphone sockets. @Meaningful Username has been more diligent than me and checked out your links (!) - he says the middle one has built in sounds. Therefore, with this, you should be able to get started with just the instrument and headphones. ...


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Even if the question has an accepted answer I would like to leave my answer to tell you about my encouraging experience with the saxophone. I never had any musical education but that didn't stop me from buying a Xaphoon In July 2006. I played the thing by ear for a few months. It was dreadful at start but the sound got better sounding after 6 months. Around ...


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For the most part, you're right that there's more leeway when it comes to tuning pitches for woodwinds, and they're mostly happy to tune either to concert A or concert Bb depending on the situation. (It's not quite true that there's no equivalent to open strings or valves, a blown pipe with or without reeds will absolutely produce a pitch when it's entirely ...


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There are a couple things that spring to mind: - Check that you're playing correctly. If you're straining yourself unnecessarily, then you will become tired much more quickly and will therefore play for less time. The comment that makes me bring this up is your description of how your lips / jaw get numb. To me that indicates that you're clenching with ...


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The physical principles of tone holes are the same for all instruments, and in fact they were widely used in brass instruments before the invention of reliable valves. The problem is that too many holes in the thin metal material degrade the specific "metallic" tone quality that we want these instruments for. (Why brass tubes are more susceptible to this ...


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This is a good question as transpositions notoriously trip people up. First off, Wagner's not playing any tricks, and you've got the right octave, so rest easy. :) The "normal" Bb clarinet's lowest written note is E2 which will sound as you described one whole-step lower than written pitch (D2.) The A clarinet has the same written range as the Bb ...


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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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There is zero chance your lighter will damage the wood, unless you've got a clarinet made of bamboo :-) . Grenadilla wood is next to impossible to ignite. As practical matter, matches or lighters are often used to soften pad-glue and reseat pads in situ. I would stay far away from hammers, as you're far more likely to bend things and make it all worse. ...


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I think the first statement about never using oil refers specifically to the keys and metal exterior parts. The next statement, about not using bore oil on new instruments, is open to interpretation. Perhaps the implication is that older instruments do benefit from occasional oiling as the wood ages. Certainly every teacher I had (way back in the dawn of ...


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Sort of not really :-) . I might suggest defining "good" as picking a note which is at the median point of all notes' deviation from a true-temperament scale. That is, for arbitrary tuning pitch, pick a note such that the other notes on the instrument range equally above and below that pitch's matching scale tones. This would minimize your need to adjust ...


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AKAI has sadly, stopped making pro-level gear because there is a much bigger market for cheap stuff. The new ones are crap construction compared to the old 3030/3020 stuff. I had an EWI USB, it broke under warranty, and Akai were totally useless about it. I've spoken with other players who have had theirs act up after a year or two aswell, octave rollers ...


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I'm currently on my second EWI4000 (last one got lifted in my trunk on the road) with hardly a complaint. The EWI really feels solid and well constructed. It has a good heft for being so compact, feels almost like a real instrument. I also like the built in synth. It really allows for total anywhere playing. I believe it also comes with software for editing ...


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You'll need a Controller, a Synthesizer/Sound Module & Speakers/Headphones/Amp. The Akei EWI4000 is both a Controller and Synthesizer. So it's a cost effective starting point. The USB EWI might be useful if you're already bringing a laptop to gigs, but the guy I know who plays one will frequently have his synth software freeze up. Don't know if this ...


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Certainly it's not as strong a preference for woodwinds as it would be for strings, because strings need an open string note to tune to as it's completely pointless to try and tune a stopped note. Slightly less pointless on an instrument with frets, but physically difficult nonetheless. I'm a recorder player, and what notes are good to tune to depends very ...



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