Which Wind Instrument Requres the Least Amount of LungPower?
October 10, 2007 4:37 PM Subscribe
Hi, folks! I'd just like to ask, out of curiosity, which wind instruments (especially brass) require the least effort and wind. I'm thinking of taking up something, but proper breathing is not my strong suit and I'm looking for something less taxing to build it Cheap NFL Jerseys up on.
posted by fire at 4:54 PM on October 10, 2007
When I was in highschool our teacher would conduct "longest note" contests. A trombone always won.
posted by rhizome at 5:07 PM on October 10, 2007
The recorder is the easiest you're going to get, from a lung power point of view. If you're set on a brass instrument, the smaller ones are probably going to require a bit less lung force avoid the tuba, trombone, and French horn, and try trumpet or maybe euphonium. Wind instruments, I think the clarinet would be easier than the flute and probably easier than oboe/bassoon. (I only play one from each family to any level of competence, so it's hard for me to compare.)
I suggest that you try doing some breathing exercises to help you get going in the right direction the Jacobs breathing exercises[PDF] seem to be the recommended ones specifically for brass players, but I quite like these breathing exercises, aimed at singers but with general good ideas in there.
posted by penguinliz at 5:07 PM on October 10, 2007posted by ludwig_van at 5:08 PM on October 10, 2007
Oh sweet merciful heavens no, NOT the recorder!!! Let me revise my question to exclude all instruments I was forced to play in 6th Grade! ;)
posted by BuddyRey at 5:10 PM on October 10, 2007
Speaking as a former trombone player, I can believe rhizome's anecdote. Of all the standard brass instruments I played, it seemed to provide the sweet spot between resistance and volume requirements as far as airflow was concerned. I think it's a combination of the relatively simple design and the naturally sized mouthpiece.
Note, however, I'm talking tenor trombone here. First time I played a bass trombone, I nearly passed out.
posted by jal0021 at 5:18 PM on October 10, 2007
Generally, the brass instruments at the bass end of the spectrum take a little more physical effort, in terms of air volume, than does the trumpet, or the flugelhorn. If you lack lung capacity, and the willingness to huff the weight of a sousaphone, or a tuba, stay away from the big horns.
But it might surprise you to find that the difference in wind effort isn't as great as you might imagine, simply by looking at the relative sizes of the horns. There's a difference, and the best trumpet players can blow a single note a bit longer than the best trombonists, or vice versa, without resorting to circular breathing, but not 3 times as long, in any comparison. And frankly, you should build your wind slowly, as you build your lip, on a real horn, through regular practice. Trying to build wind, if your lips aren't coming along too, is just setting yourself up for real trouble.
My advice is to buy a horn whose sound and repertoire you really like, so that you'll want to play it. Get a good teacher. With their experience, pick the best horn you can afford, and a mouthpiece that really suits you, but be prepared to buy additional mouthpieces as your embouchure develops. Take your time, and practice as your teacher instructs. Your lip will develop, with your wind.
And mostly, have wholesale nfl jerseys fun!
posted by paulsc at 5:26 PM on October 10, 2007
Christ no, not the clarinet. Now, it's easier than a doublereed instrument, but when I was playing regularly, any long session where i got sloppy, the backpressure would wind up coming through my nose rather than down the instrument.
I can't make a brass recommendation, but on the woodwinds, I always felt like the tenor sax split the difference between the bari, which needed hella volume, and the alto and soprano, which require very precise pressure control.
(for the record, I put a bari reed on a tenor and got an easytomaintain tone Cheap Jerseys that was so warm and fuzzy it made "yakety sax" sound like a choirboy by comparison.)
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