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What instrument do you have to use more air for: clarinet, alto sax, or base clarinet?

Asked by madmax303 (262points) April 21st, 2009

I play clarinet but next year i might be able to play base clarinet or sax, and i want to know whick one you have to blow more air in.

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b's avatar

I would say the bass clarinet if it is the largest. I briefly played an alto flute and it required a lot more air than the standard flute.

Aethelwine's avatar

I made an easy transition from clarinet to alto saxophone. You need to blow a little more air into a saxophone, but I enjoyed playing the saxophone over a clarinet.

I never tried a base clarinet. I would guess that it would compare to an alto sax. (just a guess)

3or4monsters's avatar

I played bass clarinet in middle school (so fun)... I vaguely recall that it was tougher than a regular clarinet, but not as demanding as trumpet seemed. Memory could be serving me wrong, though.

Bet a bassoon takes more than any of those. :)

Aethelwine's avatar

Oops. Can’t believe I put base. :P

madmax303's avatar

uh oh , i put base too

Raggedy_Ann's avatar

As someone who has played all three, I found that the bass clarinet took alot more. However, you don’t specify what type of saxaphone so can’t really make a comparison.

Aethelwine's avatar

@Raggedy_Ann The questioner did mention alto saxophone. Which instrument did you enjoy the most?

Raggedy_Ann's avatar

@jonsblond Sorry! I need to learn how to read. I actually played bari sax which is bigger and has a lower sound than alto. I have also played alto and tenor but of the three bari sax was my favorite.

Aethelwine's avatar

@Raggedy_Ann I’m envious of you. I had a hard enough time playing the low notes on the alto. :)

Raggedy_Ann's avatar

@jonsblond Thanks. It wasn’t easy but it was so much fun.

Goofykid3435's avatar

well it takes different types of blowing to make different noises, but the saxophone has you use more air.

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