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sometimes I get jealous of people who play woodwind instruments. (Read 665 times)

Offline piulento

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I love the piano. It's by far my favorite instrument. I love the sound, the versatility, the repertoire, the depth... But in terms of raw expression, I don't think it can compete with woodwind instruments.
When you play piano, the only contact you have with the instrument is through your hands (and feet, but let's not get into details). But when you play woodwind, you have to hold the entire instrument. Not only that, but you have to give it air. It's almost like you're bringing the instrument to life - you move together, you breathe together... There's something incredible about it.
Also, I've noticed that a lot of times when I play, I try to mimic the sound of a human voice. You know - making the piano sing. But with woodwinds it's different - you have no choice other than making it sing - it's entire sound is based on how you breathe.
I played the saxophone for a few years as a teenager, but I quit at some point because I couldn't practice for more than 30 minutes without having an asthma attack. But sometimes I really miss it. Thinking about starting again.

(this thread doesn't have any specific purpose, it's just a random rant)

Offline iansinclair

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Re: sometimes I get jealous of people who play woodwind instruments.
«Reply #1 on: March 01, 2017, 10:18:31 PM »
I don't.  I played French horn for a while, years ago -- high school and college orchestras -- and while it's not a woodwind, it almost counts.  And it's a treacherous beast.  I have friends who play oboe, which is worse, and clarinet, which is lovely when it's right but impossible when it's off -- and can turn on one in the blink of an eye.  Stick with piano.