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#beginquote# I just started oboe a few days ago, in fact. And I'm completely serious, my mouth ached after twenty minutes or so and I sounded like a duck. I played flute before, which is a good start because the flute is good for beginners, but requires a lot of air (especially for advanced players) just like the oboe, and the fingerings for flute and oboe are similiar. Actually, I think I need less air in oboe than in advanced band flute. So I recommend you start with the flute, (if you want to play the oboe later on), because it's fairly easy to learn (compared to other instruments) and will help you with the high air pressure needed for oboe and spare you a little the task of learning a whole new set of fingerings. I've also heard the clarinet play, and personally, I didn't like the sound they made. It sounds even more duckish. Not to mention the ear-breaking high pitched squeak it makes sometimes if a note is not played right. The clarinet players in my class are beginners, and very few of them sound amazing even after three years of study, so I'm gussing it's not very easy to learn. Although, I haven't heard a pro play before. Maybe I'll listen to one on the internet and it'll raise my opinion of the clarinet. It does have this jazzy timbre that wouldn't sound out of place at all in an '80s band (or maybe I need to listen to more throwback music). Anyway, I only started oboe a few days ago and I love it already. It's definitely unique, and oboists are prized because of their rarity. The oboe has this clear, penetrating sound. I'm sure I'll sound wonderful in a few, or several years. :) #endquote#
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