Wherever they go, Woodwinds can attract attention like no other instrument. Who can forget the beauty of Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet or the vibrancy of Benny Goodman’s Jazz band? How about Ian Anderson’s iconic one legged Flute playing for Jethro Tull? Or Rafael Ravenscroft’s unforgettable Sax break on Baker Street?
All woodwinds have a big advantage in that your fingers mostly stay over the keys, so it becomes very easy to find your way about the notes. It only remains to strengthen your lip (embouchure) and build up your lungs.
The lung power required makes the saxophone difficult for youngsters, but the Flute or Clarinet is no problem at Junior school age. Exam syllabi favour either Jazz or Classical in all woodwinds, and it is your choice what you do, but I recommend a mixture of the two to provide a broad foundation which can be applied to any form of music which attracts you, Woodwind instruments tend to be expensive to buy, but you must have an instrument to practise on.
Many music shops provide “Hire before you buy” schemes to help out with the expense. Contact me for a few recommendations, either through my Contact Me page, or ring me direct on 01277 656741