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Should My Child Learn Trumpet or Clarinet? Kent Music Lessons

Posted on 20 March, 2016 at 13:50

You'd like to start music lessons but you don't have a piano or keyboard?


Trumpet or Clarinet Lessons?


Both these popular instruments can be learnt fom an early age, 5 years or even younger if you choose a special clarinet in C, designed for young children. Or even a plastic trumpet! Most children younger than 11 years will not have the arm reach for trombone so begin on trumpet. The sax is also best learnt from 11 years as it isa heavy instrument. So try the clarinet to begin!


Clarinet & Sax belong to the woodwinds - these create sound via a reed on the mouthpiece.


Trumpet & Trombone are brass instruments - you buzz through a circular metal mouthpiece & create the sound through your lips. Tighter lips produce higher notes.


Either trumpet or clarinet is suitable from 5 - 15 years. Both are straightforward although it will take a few months to easily centre the notes on either, as you have to develop your facial muscles. Both have uses in many styles of music, jazz, classical, band, pop. Watch some videos to see which your child prefers. A mute may be purchased for trumpet if noise is a consideration.


Just give it a go!


Your child need not be specially gifted - steady application of basic practice principles will develop a good player over ime.


You will benefit greatly from joining in a local band or orchestra if you can find one close enough. Here the player learns to keep time, play by sight, follow the conductor & harmonize with others - you can't do this at home alone!


Choose your trumpet or clarinet with confidence, treat it with respect, practice daily & join a band - you have a hobby which will last all life long & make you many friends!


I recommend Normans for their excellent choice & service:-  http://www.normans.co.uk/  they send by post with guarantee.


I hope this is useful & if you live in Kent or East Sussex please contact me on 07989 370 624



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