Woodwind Instruments

Woodwind instruments are any instruments which produce sound by moving air through or across an opening of the instrument. Questions about these instruments belong here.

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Lyrics and Sheet Music
Woodwind Instruments
Bass Clarinet

What are the notes for poker face for bass clarinet 1?

s -lsdmdld apostrophe tlsdmr

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Clarinet
Trumpet

Is the trumpet harder to play than the clarinet?

As a clarinet player who has several friends who are trumpet players I would not want to argue that point with them. Each musical instrument comes with its own set of difficulties and it takes practice and a lot of listening to constantly improve oneself. Clarinet players need to deal with their reeds not always working properly, different/alternate fingerings to help play in tune and listening for an even tone moving through the different registers of the instrument. Trumpet players have their own set of problems and I'm sure you can find a friend to find out what they are.

I am a trumpet player and the difficulty with the trumpet is embouchure. All notes are played with your lips. To understand this more, you should ask a trumpet player in your band to give you a lesson.

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How do woodwind instruments work?

A woodwind instrument works when the player blows into the instrument, and if there is a reed, the reed vibrates and creates a sound.

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Oboe
Bassoon

Why is the bassoon sound lower than the oboe?

This is a basic physics concept. The longer an instrument, the lower the frequency of the sound waves coming out of it, and therefore a lower pitch. The Oboe is a small, short instrument. The bassoon, on the other hand, is a large instrument. Because it is longer, you get a lower pitch. This principle applies for all instruments.

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Oboe

Where does the oboe sit in the orchestra?

Usually, the oboe sits in the middle of the Flutes (on the left of the oboe) and the Clarinet (on the right). Only if its one oboe player.

If it is more than two they would sit in the middle (same place as one, above)

Its is to your band director discretion.

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Clarinet

What holds a clarinet reed in place?

A ligature holds the reed in place. It goes on top of the mouthpiece and has a screw (or two) for you to tighten, yet it leaves enough room for the reed to vibrate and produce a sound. There are many different kinds of ligatures, although they're all basically the same. They are made of leather or silver/nickel.

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Scales and Key Signatures

What are the blues scales on clarinet?

pattern: 1, flat 3, 4, sharp 4, 5, flat 7 and 8

C blues: C, E♭, F, F♯, G, B♭, C

use the pattern with any major scale to figure out the blues scale

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Clarinet

What kind of wood are clarinet reeds made out of?

Cane.

Here's some info: http://www.gonzalezreeds.com/english/cane-growing.html

There are also synthetic reeds available.

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Clarinet

How many octaves dose a clarinet have?

Using a Soprano Bb Clarinet as reference, the usual range is around 3-3 and 1/2 octaves, depending on who you ask. But technically, the clarinet has an unlimited range, as the reed allows the clarinet to have an infinite possibility of notes, depending on how fast the reed vibrates.

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Saxophone

What quality are merano saxophones?

It's probably a good beginner horn.... All I know is that I can get a fair sound out of it

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English to German
Woodwind Instruments
Oboe

How do you say oboe in German?

Oboe :)

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Saxophone
Alto Saxophone

What are the alto saxophone part names?

the neck,ligature,and bell,

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Oboe

Sentences used with the word oboe?

"I enjoyed the woodwind quintet recital, but I would have liked to have heard more oboe solos."

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Oboe

How are vibrations made in a oboe?

When you blow through the reed it vibrates and goes through each hole and the bell. The more keys covered the lower the noise is.

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Oboe
Bassoon

Are the bassoon's fingerings the same as an oboe's?

No, the bassoon's fingerings are not the same as the fingering of oboes.

There was a time, back when oboes were first invented and bassoons were just changing over from the single-piece dulcian to the four-piece basson/bassoon that the fingering of the two instruments was quite similar, and had much in common with the recorder and flute as well.

With the split between the German and french schools of double reed instruments, though, it's hard to say that all bassoon fingerings are alike, or that all oboe fingerings are alike!

The major difference in fingering between all oboes and all bassoons comes from the fact that the bassoon's bore is folded. This means that two lengths of the bore, the part that makes high notes and the part that makes low notes, run parallel to each other. As a result, keys that affect low notes appear near keys which affect high notes, and fingers serve multiple duties.

Because of the size of the bassoon, it is generally supported from the lower end by a belt-like strap which the player sits upon. The oboe, though, is smaller, and is generally supported by the right thumb of the player. The immobilized thumb of the oboist and the free right thumb of the bassoonist lead to further differences between the instruments. The oboist has multiple keys which are operated by the little fingers and a key and a hole with a ring (the ring acts like another key) under the left thumb. The bassoonist, though, has two keys under the left little finger, as many as four under the right little finger, between 3 and 5 under the right thumb, and anywhere between 8 and 12 keys to operate with the left thumb!

If you were to consider the basic octave, though, there is a strong similarity between all of these instruments: the three fingers of the left hand (minus the little finger), the four of the right hand, and the left thumb are employed in playing the basic octave and most of the next octave. However, in all varieties of oboe and bassoon, accidental keys, whisper/voice keys (which help to sound upper octaves) and lower-range extension keys differ greatly.

I play the oboe and tried the bassoon for a few weeks. I found that the fingerings are the more or less the same but at a fifth difference, so an F on the oboe is a Bb on the bassoon.

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What woodwind instrument does not use a mouthpiece?

The mouthpiece of a woodwind instrument is the part of the instrument which is placed partly in the player's mouth. Single-reed instruments have mouthpieces while exposed double-reed instruments and open flutes do not have mouthpieces. The oboe and the bassoon are two instruments that have a double reed.

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Clarinet

Which is the better resin clarinet?

The Selmer CL300/301, Leblanc Vito L7212/7214, Buffet B-12, and Yamaha YCL-250 are all quality entry-level resin clarinets. Try them all if you can. Pick the one that fits you and your pocketbook the best. Expect to pay between $600 ~ $1000 new.

In my opinion the Buffet (B-12) suffers a little due to the thin material used to make the keys. Nevertheless it is a popular and often recommended model.

Personally, I'd suggest a used Normandy Resotone or Buffet Evette if it is in good cosmetic and mechanical condition. They're inexpensive (particularly the Normandy) and are commonly found at online auctions. Having all the pads replaced and tuned up is also fairly inexpensive,. In the end you'll have a high quality clarinet at a much lower cost.

By the way, if you're intending on using the clarinet outdoor - like for marching band - consider having it re-padded using Valentino waterproof pads. Though I can't recommend doing this, a resin clarinet + Valentino pads can be immersed in water and come out ready to play!

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Clarinet

How many years has the clarinet been around for?

Considering that Denner invented it in 1690 that would make it 419 years old as of 2009.

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Saxophone
Alto Saxophone

Alto saxophone songs with letters?

b a g a

b b b

a a a

b d d

b a g a

b b b

a a

b a d

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Flute
Oboe

Can an oboe play flute music?

It very often can, but the flute goes very easily above the oboe range, so nothing above E6. Otherwise the oboist would struggle.

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Clarinet

What is the best clarinet barrel?

The Buffet Moening barrel, best suited for the R13, is a great barrel that helps focus the tone and improve intonation

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Can you make flavored reeds?

Yeah, I play saxophone and a couple of my friends have had flavored reeds. I'm sure they're nothing serious, just the usual strawberry and mint, stuff like that. But I don't know how good they taste!

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What are names of wind instruments?

A wind instrument is a musical instrument that contains some type of resonator in which a column of air is set into vibration by the player blowing into a mouthpiece. Both brass instruments and woodwind instruments are wind instruments.

See the related link below for more information on wind instruments.

Examples are: Flute, piccolo, saxophone, oboe, bassoon and recorder.

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Clarinet

Is the h freeman clarinet wood or plastic?

= H. Freeman clarinets are almost always wooden. Most models you'll find online are vintage makes from France or New York. Great clarinets. =

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Which woodwind instrument plays the highest note?

The Piccolo is the woodwind that produces the highest sound.

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