Clarinet Arrived Today

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  1. Hal Pollner

    Hal Pollner Very Well-Known Member
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    ...after sending back the Trumpet for exchange.

    I first started with the Clarinet in Junior High 71 years ago, when I chose Beginning Band as an elective.

    I'll have to re-learn some of the Keywork, especially when going from the Chalumeau Register to the Altissimo Register.

    Check out Acker Bilk's beautiful recording of "Stranger on The Shore"!
    I'll be trying to master that as a soon as I know my way around the keys!

    Hal
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    I love Acker Bilks' music.. I really enjoy the Clarinet and the Oboe...
     
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    I once played the trumpet, and my wife plays the piano. One daughter plays the clarinet and the other plays the flute and piccolo. Three sons play the guitar and piano.
     
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    Well at least you have a Woodwind section, Don!

    Get one of the sons to play the Bass, and you'll be getting somewhere!

    Hal
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    I used to Play Cello... daughter plays Acoustic & Bass Guitar and a smattering of other instruments..woodwind and drums....
     
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    The keys take a little time to get used to but switching back and forth from a brass instrument to a reed demands too much out of one’s armature to be proficient with even one of them. It’s hard enough switching back and forth from single and double reeds much less trying to develop an armature that can cope with reeds and brass. Going from the lower to high register on a clarinet not only demands some knowledge of the keys but a trained armature to cope with the change as well. A simple trick is to train your tongue and mouth muscles so well that you can go the entire scale with just the mouthpiece. (Same goes for the brass)

    I play all the reeds and was first chair b flat clarinet in high school and also subbed the E flat soprano when a score called for it. I also played the oboe and bassoon in orchestra. All was well until I joined a drum and bugle corps and learned to play the soprano single valve and rotor bugle. The band director went crazy when he found out about the corps but I was stubborn and contended that I could handle both but my armature suffered badly no matter what I had to say about it.
    The better I got with the bugle, the less proficient I was with the clarinet and the double reeds went totally out the window.

    Yeah, I know you’re just looking for another hobby and maybe I’m simply looking at my own need for perfection in whatever I do and conveying those needs onto you (which isn’’t fair at all).

    As for myself, I bought a used clarinet a few months ago and played quite a bit whilst my wife was on vacation but the problem is that I have to put my derned teeth in to play it. The teeth do not fit as well as I would like so I only use them on special occasions and putting them in just to play for an hour or so takes some of the relaxation from what I am shooting for. Or at least, that’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it!

    Anyway, have fun with your new toy and best of luck!
     
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    Holly, probably the most famous use of the Oboe in a Rock song was in Sonny and Cher's 1965 song "I Got You Babe".
    Hal
     
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    there was some disagreement as to whether it was an Ocarina, English Horn or Oboe..given that the latter would normally struggle to get so low, but in fact it was an Oboe


    Here's the parody Song....tune of '' I got you Babe..''.


    HER: We say our song could be a hit
    But we know there's something wrong with it.

    HIM: Well I know what's missing, duh.
    We need someone from the orchestra.

    HIM: Boe...

    BOTH: We got oboe, We got oboe.

    HER: She has such a pretty sound...
    I'm not sure that we can hold our ground.


    HIM: So that she won't upstage our art
    We'll give her a really boring part.

    HIM: Boe...

    BOTH: We got oboe, We got oboe.

    HIM: So this oboe can emote
    But in this tune, she plays one note


    HER: We'll make her sound like a duck
    To hide the fact that our singing sucks

    HER: She's wishing that we'd never met
    But her solo no one will forget

    HIM: No matter how stupid is this stuff
    She'll play that part if we pay her enough

    HIM: Boe...

    BOTH: We got oboe, We got oboe.

    HIM: Now I miss the lead guitar

    HER: With an oboe we'll go far

    HIM: Don't let fame go to your head

    HER: Will they miss you when you're dead?


    HIM: Hear the way she talks to me? [to oboist]

    OBOIST: I wish this was Tchaikovsky


    HER: He's such a pain, he drives me nuts [to oboist]

    OBOIST: And you both can kiss my butt

    BOTH: We got oboe
    We got oboe
    We got oboe
    We got oboe...


    ENOUGH OBOE!
     
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    Hey Bobby,

    I was impressed and overwhelmed by your reply to my Clarinet thread!

    I had no idea that you were so familiar with Brass, Single Reed, and Double Reed musical instruments and the different embouchures they require.

    Incidentally, I was a bit confused by your use of the word "Armature", but I knew what you meant, so no problem!

    My experience with a Brass instrument was limited to the few minutes I spent "buzzing" the mouthpiece of the Trumpet I recently returned in exchange for the Clarinet.

    My experience with Wind Instruments was limited to the Clarinet and Alto and Tenor Saxophones, where the embouchure is much more comfortable and less taxing to the lips than the high pressure stress required on a Brass instrument. I never had the opportunity to play a double reed Oboe or Bassoon, and I understand you have to cut and shape your own reeds for those instruments!

    As for Dentures interfering with instrument practice, I'm currently having my lower denture relined because of irritation to the gum, so I know what you mean!

    Let's stay in touch regarding Clarinet progress!

    Hal (I fooled around with the instruments in the picture, but my favorite horn is the Piano!)
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    HEY HOLLY!

    Did you ever hear the old wives tale that Oboe players will eventually go crazy?

    Hal
     
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    Nope never heard that, my best friend is an Oboe player, ..I think she's quite sane :D
     
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