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You are correct that the side-key trill is not a very good sound. There is really no way to produce a better trill for that one combo of notes. We all live with it.


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I am not really sure what you mean by cover and uncover. But as a clarinet player with nearly 30 years under my belt I would say there are three (four) ways of articulation. Legato(Slur): You keep the air flow going, just change the fingering. This is shown by the arc over the notes. Staccato: You stop the reed with your tongue and restart the tone by ...


6

I guess your teacher was trying to get you to tongue each and every note. It's a better way than merely blowing to start each note - the result is more uniform and clearer, with a controlled start to the note, and more even playing. Once you get into producing notes more clearly - especially their attack, you'll find that you can slur one note into another ...


4

Yes, tonguing is a necessary technique. There's hard tonguing, soft tonguing and many degrees in-between. Starting a note with minimal or no tonguing is also a valid technique, but it would be a big mistake and very restrictive to try to make it the ONLY technique you use. Try playing this without tonguing. See what I mean? (ENDING a note with the ...


3

I don't personally find it a less "full" sound - it just has a different quality to B as the lowest note in the upper register - not surprisingly given the very different acoustic properties of the two notes. I sometimes use that side B as a melody note in its own right, as it is better matched to A and Bb below it. It's a bit "darker" than the low end of ...


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The instrumentation page in the Dover score is incorrect. If you closely look at the score and the parts you will see: Clarinet III plays Bass Clarinet II (and never plays A clarinet). Bass Clarinet I plays only bass (there is no Clarinet IV). So a total of nine instruments are needed. E♭, D I. B♭, A II. B♭, A III. B♭, bass bass Note: since D ...


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My Take the Sax is would be easier choice you can work around the embouchure. I play both the clarinet and saxophone (Alto and Tenor) I struggled on the tenor for a few months due to the less firm embouchure needed on the Tenor Sax. but today the tenor is my first choice instrument... Fingering is also much easier on the sax compared to the clarinet


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Honestly, the one you like most. They all have up and down sides. Play what you like the sound and personality of the most.


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Here is a great web page that has the ranges of almost all orchestral instruments: http://www.orchestralibrary.com/reftables/rang.html


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When I am faced with faster moving pieces and larger gaps in between notes that are far apart in the staff, I often am unable to play it. I generally have to fake it even during concerts. Tips for how to sight read would be helpful since I lack heavily in this area. Exercise recommendations that will help improve my ability to play faster and cleaner would ...


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Maybe lost in translation, but you shouldn't be using your tongue to cover/uncover as if to block the air flow. It's just a light touch of the tongue against the reed to stop the reed vibration. Like when you ring a bell, then touch your finger against it to silence the ringing. It may feel unusual at first, but try lighter or stronger pressure against the ...


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I would say Saxophone is the easiest instrument I have learned but the hardest to get a good sound on. The fingerings are easier than clarinet and the embouchure is easier than flute. The fingerings on saxophone are very similar to recorder (and flute) so they are very easy. Just try to get lessons if you can to avoid any mistakes while learning. Also alto ...


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Among woodwinds, clarinet and flute have the most varied repertoire. Much more than oboe, subcontrabassoon, ocarina, etc. Flute embouchure may be more foreign to you than the clarinet's. Also, as a transposing instrument, clarinets are closer to trumpets (B flat is common) than flutes (C, G). So, clarinet.


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