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Doubling

Doubling

It is fairly easy to switch from one type of clarinet to another, or from one type of sax to another. However, many woodwind players also play more than one type of woodwind instrument. This is called ‘doubling’. Saxophone and clarinet is a common doubling. The flute is another woodwind instrument that is often paired with one or both of these instruments. ‘Double reed’ instruments such as oboe and bassoon can create other combinations. While woodwind instruments have some techniques in common, there is still a big difference when playing each one, and they all need seperate training and practice. Therefore, it is usually advisable to gain at least a medium level of skill on one woodwind instrument before taking up doubling on another. The wise, traditional advice for students interested in playing both clarinet and saxophone is to start on clarinet, because of the greater facial muscle strength required. Anything is possible if the desire is there though!

In-studio lessons are at Lane Cove North, Sydney, Australia. Online lessons are also an option. Tuition is available for clarinet, saxophone, and music theory. Lessons are weekly, scheduled to closely follow the NSW public school terms. The lesson length can be 30 minutes (beginner), 45 minutes (intermediate), or 60 minutes (advanced). Casual and group lessons are by inquiry.

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