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posted: 3/16/2006 at 12:23:38 AM ET
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I just started to play the clarinet. I am 45 year old woman. When does the breath control part get easier. I play one or two lines and I am almost out of breath.

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posted: 3/16/2006 at 6:11:06 PM ET
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well,it does take a while,but soon you will get a hang of it. If this is your first time playing a wind instrument then your lungs need to develop more. If this is not your first time, maybe you should practice breathing. It worked for me when I started saxophone.

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posted: 3/16/2006 at 7:53:30 PM ET
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Actually if you are playing one or two lines in one breath your doing petty good. Try taking a breath every 3-5 measures and see if that doesn't help. Working on long tones will help endurance. Play a medium range note for as long as you can. Increase the volume (cresendo) for about a quarter of the total length, then decrease the volume (Decresendo) for the rest of the time.

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posted: 3/17/2006 at 6:55:23 PM ET
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I also started to learn the clarinet at 45...I am now 47..........I don't know if you have a teacher....luckily I had someone who took me from the very beginning.......and talked me through everything...almost like a child....always ask, ask, ask......The only daft question is the one that isn't asked. Mgt.

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