Actually, very little of that is true. It wastes more air than other instruments, but doesn't take more than others once you learn to control your airstream. And clarinetists above the very most basic levels are just as musical (and in some cases much more musical) than people on other instruments. Flute is not one of the hardest instruments...There is no "hardest" instrument, as they are all very difficult to play well, and each has its own challenges to overcome.k i don't know if this is true and i don't mean an offense to people who double with flute/clarinet but i heard that if your a little "musically challenged" then directors put people on the clarinet.i do know people who are REALLY god players who play the clarinet but i mean the first day of school when you find out what instrument you play.i don't know i just felt like putting that.plus i think that flute is one of the hardest instruments to play.it takes the longest to b able to make a sound because its totally different from any other instrument and it takes the most air out of the instruments.
Personally, it feels like the clarinet is much more physically demanding. It has quite a bit of resistance and fingering takes more effort. I actually get fatigued after an hour of playing the clarinet but not so with the flute.Well I've been playing the clarinet lessons for 10 months, not a long time, and the flute for about 2 months now. One thing I have found is that the flute is a lot less problematic. Or is this just my imagination. It seems like everytime I play either of my two Yamaha 450 clarinets I have some sort of issue not related to player. These two model clarinets are not cheapos and I have them checked frequently. I spend a lot of my practice time having to fiddle with them. Maybe I haven't been playing the flute long enough but it just seems a lot less problematic. I don't think it's any easier to play than the clarinet but it does seem a lot less physically demanding. The flute is a bit more of a challenge to get a decent tone but I think hands down it take a lot less work to learn. I hope there are some clarinet/flute doublers out there that can comment on this.
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