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 clarinet & violin
Author: stringguy 
Date:   2020-11-08 05:53

I began on clarinet many years ago. I played though high school and always sat in the front row in concert band. My school had no orchestra. We took a nice blue ribbon at the state solo & ensemble fest. After high school I dropped clarinet to pick up classical guitar. But then I encountered the Bach Chaconne (in Segovia's transcription) which, among other considerations, led me to begin violin. For my adult life, violin has been my "love" but it's been love/hate. It's an uphill battle to begin violin as an adult. No kidding. A few years ago I considered trying clarinet again and joined this bb. Well, last spring I broke a finger on my left hand and that curtailed my violin playing for a while. In addition, the community orchestra in which I'd been playing cancelled its season due to COVID. So I finally took the plunge recently and rented a clarinet; $29/mo rent-to-buy but with no commitment. I can return it at any time if I give up. It's a Buffet Crampon student model. It had been 50 years since the last time I picked up a clarinet. After a few sessions of trying to see what I remember I reached several conclusions; I can get a decent tone, I enjoy playing it, my breath isn't what it used to be, & my lip isn't what it used to be. The resistance in this clarinet seems greater than what I remember, or maybe it's my age. Are reeds narrower now than they were 50 odd years ago? It seems that way. Now I wonder if, after six months or so, I'll already be better on clarinet than I am on violin. I'd hate that! Or would I?

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