When you find an instrument you want to play, it’s easier to learn it when you really like it. For students in band, or an adult looking to pick up a new skill, it’s normal to try a few instruments before finding one you really like.
Flutes and clarinets belong to a family of instruments called woodwinds. Sound is produced by blowing air into the mouthpiece and opening and closing holes with your fingers to change the pitch. When choosing between woodwinds like the flute and clarinet, knowing what each entails can be a big help.
Flutes Are Lighter Than Clarinets
If you’re not keen on a heavier instrument, the flute may be the way to go. Smaller and lighter than the clarinet, the flute is made of metal and held horizontally while playing. The standard flute is a little over 2 feet long. Flutes are most often featured playing melodies.
Clarinets May Be Easier For Beginners
Unlike flutes that require precise mouth placement and shape to produce different notes (embouchure), when you learn the correct method for clarinet, you only really need one mouth placement. Some beginners can find this easier to learn. The clarinet also uses a single reed made of wood that will vibrate to help produce sound. Clarinets can be featured as both melodies and harmonies in bands.
There Are Two Types Of Clarinets
Did you know that there are different types of clarinets? These are the E-flat, which is shorter than the standard clarinet (B-flat), will produce higher sounds, and then there is the bass. The bass clarinet is much larger and features a curved top and bottom to make it easier for musicians to play.
As such, clarinets offer musicians a wider range of options.
Both Require Strong Breath Support
When we hear people say that playing an instrument isn’t physically demanding, we can’t believe our ears! To play either flute or clarinet, the player must have strong breath support to produce a good sound. It can take some time to build up the strength, but consistent practice will make a player like you amazing in no time!
Buy Used Instead Of Renting
Buying your instruments used instead of renting will be more cost effective in the long run and a great way to trade in for an instrument that really speaks to you. At Music Go Round St. Louis, you can trade in and trade up your gear the further you progress into your music hobby or find an instrument that calls to you.
No matter what you choose, the professionals at Music Go Round St. Louis are here to help you find the perfect instrument for you.