Trumpet playing taking on clarinet = bad?

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  1. F.E.Olds

    F.E.Olds Pianissimo User

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    Hi Guys-
    I was wondering if you thought that playing clarinet as a second instrument had any potential to harm my trumpet chops in any way. Would a totally different embouchure reek havoc?

    Thanks,

    Patrick
     
  2. CaptainAddy

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    I wouldn't say so- you'll just have to spend more time practicing an equal amount of time with each so you don't get screwed up. If you normally practice 45 mins a day w/ the the trumpet, I'd say practice an hour on the clarinet and an hour on the trumpet everyday until you get the hang of switching embouchures.
     
  3. Al Innella

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    No.
     
  4. kcmt01

    kcmt01 Mezzo Forte User

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    Only if you neglect the trumpet because of time constraints.
     
  5. Darthsunshine

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    Clarinet was my 2nd instrument for years. Never seemed to be any adverse impact the my trumpet playing :play:
     
  6. hichez

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    Why would it? They use different skill sets. Even if you do find it messing up your chops you can always stop right?
     
  7. coolerdave

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    if you keep that thought out of your head you will be fine :)
     
  8. larry tscharner

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    If anything you will be a better, more well rounded musician and that just cant be bad. Does driving a stickshift screw up your ability to drive a shopping cart? Totally different animals will put you into totally different modes and what you learn from the clarinet will help you understand your trumpet better....like woodwinds are actually instruments to be respected and not covered up. I have a hard time playing one and have a great respect for those who can pick up different instruments and do a decent job with them. Best wishes, and go for it.
     
  9. Peter McNeill

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    No, will not hurt.
    Just splitting the practice time may affect, but you just have to put more time in. Get the priority right, and keep the clarinet as a double instrument, and just maintain adequate ability for the clarinet.

    If the clarinet keeps the music flowing, then it cannot hurt at all.
    Cheers
     
  10. Peter McNeill

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    BTW - Tenor Sax is easier, but clarinet is more compact. :)
     

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