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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000167.txt from 1997/09

From: "Michael D. Moors" <>
Subj: Re: Clarinet is pretty easy (was How old is too old?)
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 1997 22:46:47 -0400

Clarinet is easy?

After years of teaching beginning band experience has shown me that
clarinet is one of the more difficult instruments to start kids on. You
have the embouchure that is difficult to set. Without the proper
embouchure and airstream it is impossible to get a characteristic sound.
Don't forget the hand position problems that often contribute to a very
difficult time learning the upper register. Even with emphasis on the
above items from the start they are always and obstacle to overcome.

For ease of teaching I would vote for saxophone every time. Saxophone is
difficult to learn well, however.


At 03:47 PM 9/3/97 -0700, you wrote:
>Gary VanCott=NHIN
>09/03/97 03:47 PM
>Bill Hausmann wrote: Like many instruments, clarinet is easy to play
>badly, difficult to play well.
>Personally, I don't know of any instruments that are easy to play well.
>However, it has been my observation that there seem to be some wind
>instruments that students find easier to produce what is sometimes called a
>"characteristic tone." In that group I would put baritone saxophone,
>baritone horn, and (with a bit of hesitation) bassoon.
>Gary Van Cott
>Las Vegas, NV

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