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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001201.txt from 1999/01

From: Vicki Coffman <>
Date: Sun, 24 Jan 1999 07:48:36 -0500

> I am 56 years old, and started learning to play the clarinet about a year
> ago. I know I'll never be a very good player

Why? You've probably got at least 20 years, right? That's more
time than Charlie Parker (sax reference) played... :-)

> but I do get a lot of
> enjoyment learning and hearing my playing improve.

Ditto. May I be the first to recommend the Aebersold
play-alongs? ( , IIRC) They are not strictly
for jazz players, as he has play-alongs for basic scale
practice, etc. I find them great moral support.

> Would I be wasting my money, and in view of my likely ultimate standard of
> playing should I stick with the Noblet? Despite not being able to make the
> most of an Infinite I think I would enjoy handling a fine quality
> instrument.

I think you should buy whatever you would like that you can
afford and are willing to spend the money on. A better
instrument should be *easier* to play, IMHO. This list is a
good source of recommendations for what you should consider....

Please don't be modest about your "likely ultimate standard of
playing." I took up clarinet after a 15-year hiatus, sax and
flute for the first time, at age 36, and I am *good*. So can
you be!



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