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I always wanted to learn how to play fiddle, piano, drums and guitar, but my grandpa (the fiddler) was NOT in any way, shape or form a teacher. We were too poor to afford lessons. Fortunately, we now have the internet and this website, so I am finally learning to fiddle.

My kids are in the school band program. My daughter started on trumpet and moved to French horn. She has to play the euphonium (? I think) in marching band. The assistant band director did summer lessons, and her daughter is a French horn minor in college so did the lessons for my daughter. She was impressed with Daughter's natural ability. She can pick up a wind instrument and figure it out fairly quickly. Not so much with stringed instruments. She gets frustrated too easily on them.

My son plays percussion. He used to be interested in cello and bass, and sometimes violin, but never followed through. He has started showing interest in my fiddle, so I'm hoping if I'm not overeager about it I can interest him in lessons.

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Funny how many brass players there are here! I never would have expected it. I played euphonium and then trombone in middle school band. Other than that, I play piano (though am very rusty today), which was my main musical instrument from age 5 through college.

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Andrew, would you please tell me how much air it takes to play trombone? Maybe compare it to a trumpet? I'm thinking about getting a valve trombone, but I have limited air supply. Any answer would help. Bob

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You're probably better off asking someone who's played brass more recently than I have; I haven't so much as touched a brass instrument since 2005.

But IIRC, it requires a lot more air than a trumpet. In general, the amount of air required to play the same note is similar across all brass instruments, but you need more to play lower notes, so you'll notice it when you're playing below trumpet range.

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Thanks, that helps. Though I'm probably wrong, here is what I've learned so far. Oboe takes very little air, you just have to hold your breath and exhale before filling your lungs again. Clarinet is comfortable to play, air is easy, fingering is easy. Flute takes a healthy supply of air. Trumpet low notes take more air, but not so much that its a problem. Alto sax is comfortable to play and the bottom notes are not tough. Tenor sax bottom notes are difficult, but the sound is so good its fun to try.
My wife never comes to hear me play, but I was playing tenor, Georgia on my mind, and she came in to listen. Her comment after...Dinner will be ready shortly. That is high praise from her.

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I haven’t played very many instruments myself. In elementary school we played recorders but I don’t know if that really counts LOL. I played trumpet for one month in middle school, then switched to playing clarinet, which is the instrument I’ve played the longest. I decided to teach myself classical guitar about a year and a half ago, still learning that, and last month I decided to learn violin. 

I want to learn piano, but haven’t put in the time or effort as of now. I hope to in the future.

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I found that learning keyboard was important. Because the keys are right there in front of you, seeing a scale can stick in your mind. So that going from a major to a minor scale makes sense with your fingers and is understandable. Then learning augmented and diminished aren't just fancy words, you just move a finger and say well I'll be darned.
I had two problems with keyboard: I couldn't be expressive with the keys and after 5 minutes I would be falling asleep.

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Funny enough Andrew, I also played the Euphonium in school.

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but the one who needs the least."

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Just bought a flute last week. Have my first lesson next Tuesday. Cant wait to start.....

I am amazed at how old people of my age are.....

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