a few questions

a few questions

    
a few questions    17:25 on Sunday, April 28, 2013          

bartz
(13 points)
Posted by bartz

hi i been checking out the clarinet, im more intrested in oboe but i was suprised with the prices there and it was really off putting, so i figured maybe to start on clarinet instead just to get in to woodwind a bit yea. i wanted to ask when u press register key to play high squeaky notes, is it true that the fingering changes making it akward to play your music? also do u ever use your little finger at all? it seem from videos i seen they never use tiny finger but just others. cheers.


Re: a few questions    20:51 on Wednesday, May 08, 2013          

jim22
(245 points)
Posted by jim22

Yes to both questions. The flaring registers are twelfths, not octaves like a flute or sax, so the fingerings for notes an octave apart are not similar. As a flute player, I find this very tough to deal with. The challenge for the pinky keys of both hands is that there are too many of the (for a silly flute player) and there are alternates on each hand so one needs to plan ahead a bit on which hand to use to finger a note.

I also really would like to try oboe and now play clarinet for the same reason. I don't know what challenges an oboe has beyond the obvious Reed issue.

Jim

<Added>

Ugh, I hate autocorrecting keyboards. That second sentence was supposed to be "The clarinet registers..."


Re: a few questions    17:29 on Thursday, May 09, 2013          

bartz
(13 points)
Posted by bartz

hi thanks man for the advice. theres quite a few teachers locally so this should be good to get started. i noticed clarinet is Bb instrument, i guess that just means thats the lowest note it can play yea.


Re: a few questions    04:15 on Friday, May 17, 2013          

Scotch
(591 points)
Posted by Scotch

No. The lowest note on the Bb clarinet is E below middle C, which corresponds to concert D below middle C. (If you want to be understood, it will help to use apostrophes and punctuation and to spell "you" "y-o-u", not "u".)


Re: a few questions    16:10 on Saturday, May 18, 2013          

bartz
(13 points)
Posted by bartz

thanks, im still thinking which to play lol its like clarinet for playability and to get far but oboe for its sound that gives u a chill to the bone as they say. see where people say oboe the hardest of all woodwind, i dont really agree as i feel its just a matter of trying and sticking with it for a while. when i played guitar in early days notes did'nt ring right or fingers ached from chord work, i think i got the motivation to go far yea.


Re: a few questions    01:25 on Sunday, August 18, 2013          

Mad_Fales321
(5 points)
Posted by Mad_Fales321

Well with the register key, it may be uncomfortable when you first start, but I would recommend angling your thumb so it can touch the key and cover the hole so you don't feel super-duper uncomfortable. And with the pinkies, or 'little fingers' I use mine quite often. You need them for sharps and for playing the beginning middle register notes (also known as clarion register) Well I wouldn't recommend branching from a clarinet to an oboe, for a couple of reasons. One, a clarinet embouchure and an oboe embouchure are very different, and if you don't like pressure in your mouth, oboe wouldn't be a smart choice. Secondly, you'll be adjusted to the 'customs' of a clarinet, and it's harder to control that super small airstream that goes between two reeds tightly pressed together. Now, a clarinet to a saxophone would be better, and maybe an oboe to a bassoon. Trust me, switching instruments is very hard, and switching to a completely different instrument will make it even more difficult. Before you make a decision, do some research on the instruments, ask around, maybe at a music store, and ask if you can try out the instruments, to see the difference. I hope this helped, and I hope you find the right instrument for you Good luck!!!


Re: a few questions    01:31 on Sunday, August 18, 2013          

Mad_Fales321
(5 points)
Posted by Mad_Fales321

OH and another thing, the reason a Bb clarinet is called a 'Bb' instrument is because that is pitch it's played in. Clarinets, and trumpets, are tuned in the key of Bb (unless your playing an A clarinet) Clarinets and trumpets are interesting tuning instruments because they pay a 'whole step' higher note then C instruments, but the notes sound the same. For example, a clarinet playing a C will sound the same as a flute playing Bb. Clarinet requires extreme patience and concentration, and at first it'll be a little bit uncomfortable, but it's a very beautiful instrument, and it's more easier to remember the fingerings for notes then most. Good Luck again! Hope this helped


Re: a few questions    02:24 on Sunday, September 22, 2013          

Scotch
(591 points)
Posted by Scotch

In Broadway pit bands clarinet-saxophone-flute-oboe doubling--or rather quadrupling, I suppose--is common. That is, a single musician is commonly called upon to play all four instruments. Among jazz players clarinet-saxophone-flute tripling is common, although these triplers tend to be inferior flutists.


   




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