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posted: 11/12/2003 at 1:13:26 PM ET
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i am 45 and female..so far I have had 1 clarinet lesson..some people have told me I am too old...to learn to play properly..what's the problem? I am going privately...what do you think

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posted: 11/12/2003 at 1:46:22 PM ET
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Because you are older it may take more time to develop the skills needed to play a musical instrument however no one is ever too old to learn an instrument. It just takes time and patience.


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posted: 12/2/2003 at 3:32:51 AM ET
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I am 34 and am about to begin to learn clarinet, have not yet even had my first lesson, so you are ahead of me. Does anyone have any advice for good books to begin with? Also, what is a reasonable price to pay for very rudimentary lessons? Thanks

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posted: 12/12/2003 at 4:31:58 PM ET
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sam...i am the 45 year old f in the question before yours..i pay 20 an hour and I was advised to buy 'A Tune a Day' which I believe is an American book...book 1 by the way....All the best, mags

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posted: 12/14/2003 at 12:53:26 PM ET
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Hey. I'm Danielle and I just so happen to play clarinet. I'm in college now, and I've sat first chair clarinet (and do) all of my musical career. Take my advice, start out with Essential Elements book 1 for B flat Clarinet. It comes with a cd attatched and helps you learn long tones, good sound development, rhthms, and so forth. Trust me, it's the best book to come about Make sure you develop your basics first however, before you move on. This is essential for your ability to play harder pieces. Trust me-I've came a far way!!!!!!!!!!
P.S. Of course you can learn how to play. Just have patience

Clarinet Player

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posted: 12/14/2003 at 1:13:53 PM ET
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Coincidently, I've been first chair cellist most of my cello playing career, and I started out with the essential elements book also. I guess those must be pretty good.


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posted: 12/16/2003 at 5:17:29 PM ET
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I am 13 and I have been laying clarinet and bass clarinet for about 4 years now. accent on achievment book 1 would be a good book to start with and it includes songs that would be familiar to you. After you have mastered book one you can move on to book two! If anyone has any questions please e-mail me at larea_guido@yahoo.com

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