Am I nuts to want to learn the clarinet at 45?

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  1. Blue4Now

    Blue4Now Gold Supporting Member

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    I have the unexplained desire to learn the clarinet. anyone else play the clarinet?
     
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    How are your lungs? Lol
    I've played trumpet for years but my need for mutes and isolated practice space has diminished with my volume lol.
     
  3. stevieboy

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    I played clarinet in school, and some trumpet as well, just picked my brother's old one and learned some. Trumpet to me seems more physically demanding in terms of lip training as well as lung power. Clarinet does require some lip strengthening too though. I played sax a little too, it requires a bit less than the clarinet but allows for more use of the lips to control the notes and effects. They all require more physicality than a neophyte might imagine. But people 45 decide they want to run marathons and do it, why not a wind or brass instrument?

    Interesting that it's the clarinet that's drawing you, I think a lot more people are drawn to the sax.
     
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    lungs are strong! I have a 5 year old at home so nighttime practice is much better with the clarinet than the trumpet
     
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    No more crazy than I was to want to learn how to play bass & guitar in my 40s.
     
  6. Blue4Now

    Blue4Now Gold Supporting Member

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    I have always been drawn to the sound of the clarinet. My grandfather also played the clarinet, and I have an strong desire to get closer to him anyway possible (be died when I was 4)
     
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  7. oildrops

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    Learning new things at your age will keep you young. Clarinet is an awesome and underrated instrument. I'm a huge Sydney Bechet and Benny Goodman fan. I've thought about picking it up for a while now too...
     
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  8. Hack Prophet

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    From what I understand, its one of the more challenging instruments to wrap your head around
     
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    You're only nuts if you want to take a crack at it and don't!
     
  10. AZChilicat

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    I say go for it. Learning new things is part of staying young(ish.)
     
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    Steve Hotra Silver Supporting Member

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    No... its easier than the 5 string banjo :p
     
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    Clarinet was one of the several instruments my parents tried to get me to learn before they finally gave in and bought my first drum set. It was O.K., but I gravitated towards sax after a while. Have not played either in over forty years though.
     
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    I would learn something more relevant like the accordion.





















    :p
     
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    It is. I've tried and found it to be much more difficult than trumpet or saxophone.
    It's really easy to make clarinet sound awful.
     
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    That's great ... could never play any kind of instrument requiring 'lung' power ...
    Asthma has been the long time scourge in my life ... which has come in & out of my being all my life.
    Give it a go my friend ... good on you!!
     
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    No you're not nuts.

    But, there's more to it than lung power and thinking it's quieter than Trumpet. You might want to do a little more research into, somewhere other than a guitar forum. However, it also depends on what you mean by "learn the clarinet". i.e., are you expecting to play Jan Van Halen's part in "Big Bad Bill (is Sweet William Now)" or just be able to toot out "Row, Row, Row Your Boat".

    It's not crazy, but actually being able to play well is not something that's going to happen overnight.
     
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    Now, if you were talking the bagpipes, take it from me you're nuts.
     
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    I played it as a kid. Didn't like it much, but it was my introduction to being a musician.

    I certainly appreciate it these days. One of my favorite recordings is the late, great Lenny Breau and jazz clarinetist, Brad Terry.

    Here's Brad and guitarist Peter Herman. Good luck with it, OP.

     
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