Trumpet and Clarinet together?

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  1. knotty

    knotty New Friend

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    Since becoming interested in the trumpet for the first time and music in general again, I got out my long idle clarinet today and was wondering if the two instruments complement each other embouchure wise? hopefully I'll be able to play both without any problems.

    Thanks..knotty
     
  2. rowuk

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    Both instruments do a wonderful job complementing each other!
    heaven and hell
    wood and metal
    ying and yang

    As far as your chops go, there should be no issue because you blow on one and suck on the other.

    Knotty,
    any two instruments can be mixed. You just need twice the practice time - or be content with half as good.
     
  3. Vulgano Brother

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    No, not anymore than recorder or oboe. With a brass instrument the lip is the reed; (a reed instrument is, in Vulganospeak, "honked" rather than played). You'll be using some face muscles (not really the right ones for trumpet) and fingers, ears, lungs and such, so yeah, as a musician you might see some benefit, and have fun too, but you will lose significant cool points.

    Ever see an angel playing a clarinet?
     
  4. Sofus

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    :evil:
     
  5. trumpetnick

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    Traitor! Knotty, now you don't have an excuse to blow the clarinet player's ears off...that's no fun

    :x
     
  6. Peter McNeill

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    Hi knotty,
    I dabble with both as well, including some sax (Tenor and soprano) - for me the fingering on the clarinet is more difficult.(Listen to Rowuk's advice - you will find it difficult to find the time to practice both, trumpet needs the more time IMO.

    It does not affect the trumpet embouchure, and both work ok together. I use the lips over the teeth as I cannot stand the vibrations on the teeth, and I do not like the pads on top (I use a Selmer clear clarinet mouthpiece). I also like the sound that I get with this. Check out Stan Getz (I know... it is sax) but he used both set ups, and liked the lip over teeth as a preference.

    The lip over teeth can do some damage to the inner part of the lip. My advice is to begin with the pads on top of the Clarinet mouthpiece, and use your teeth on top. And as per the trumpet, get a good teacher.
     
  7. RHSbigbluemarchingband

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    Clarinet............the devil's instrument
    Trumpet...........instrument of the angels
     
  8. DanZ_FL

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    Clarinet...........Squidward's instrument
     
  9. trumpetnick

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    Nobody's perfect...must have dual personality to play both... :shock:
     
  10. Sofus

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    Jekyll and Hyde?

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