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 Need advice....
Author: ClearClarity 
Date:   2017-05-07 11:39

Hello fellow readers!

(This will be long....)

I'm a musician, just like all of you I guess. And I need some advice. I'm 14 years old (pls no one get mad), I live in the Philippines and I played alto sax for 5 years. After for playing for so long, I decided to switch to clarinet because: 1. Its for studying abroad in a music school and 2. The embouchure with the sax is similar. Yes I'm aware that I can go with the sax and audition abroad but my aim is in a classical orchestra. Plus my style of sax is pop so it doesn't really help. I played clarinet for 7 months now (I think) and just recently someone told me I had a potential with bassoon. So I gave it a shot and he really liked my sound. Plus he said that bassoons are in demand. Is that true? So anyway I bought a bassoon(Lark. Is it any good btw?) and have decided with my father and teacher to learn both clarinet and bassoon. So my question is will it be hard to for me to do those 2 instruments at once? And if so, should I stop 1 instrument? I'm planning to stop sax for awhile and focus into classical. Some people say it will be hard for me. But I believe I can do it and I really enjoy playing both of them. Just wanted you to give me your thoughts into this subject and maybe help to truly strengthen my decision. Thanks for reading and hopefully giving me some replies. (*^_^*)

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 Re: Need advice....
Author: Wes 
Date:   2017-05-08 22:52

Good for you. Yes, you can play both the clarinet and the bassoon. Do not give up on the saxophone as it is a wonderful instrument in many ways.

I have not seen a Lark bassoon or other Lark instrument for years. I thought that they were older Chinese made instrument. The quality of that instrument would depend upon the individual instrument, but I had the impression that Lark instruments were often student quality. If it sounds good, great!

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 Re: Need advice....
Author: Caroline Smale 
Date:   2017-05-09 01:24

I agree with Wes, you can play both clarinet and bassoon.
I am primarily a clarinetist but do also play bassoon and find the embouchure and breath pressures etc fairly consistent between them.
I play the clarinet using a double lip embouchure (no upper teeth placed on the top of the mouthpiece) which I think helps but this is not to suggest that you need to use, or change to, using double lip on the clarinet.

I have seen several old Lark instruments in the past (but not a Lark bassoon) and sadly was not very impressed with their quality. However as long as it is in good adjustment then it should be OK to start with. Then if you really take to it an upgrade can be considered.
Best of luck with them both.

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