16. December 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Yahoo! Answers

Okay … sometimes the Yahoo question and answers are just too cute …

What’s harder, Trumpet or oboe?

My band teacher says oboe and French horn are the hardest instruments. But my brother says the trumpet is the harder.

… and the answers are:

  • I was in band for 5 years. I tried both instuments and to be honest trumpet is easier and cheaper. The trumpet doesn’t use as much air and you don’t have to buy reeds. The only hard part is changing the notes. For example to change the notes you have to change your lip positioning (I’m not sure how to say it). Once you get the hang of it, it isn’t hard. For the oboe you have to buy reeds (double reeds, which are really expensive) and have to use about the same amount of air in a flute or tuba, but the air has to be more concentrated so it is harder.
  • The oboe is harder to play, I know someone who played both and they said that the oboe is harder.
  • The trumpet is harder because it is a brass instrument and brass is harder than wood.
  • That’s bull. I am a trumpeter, and have played an oboe before, and I would definitely say it’s harder. You have to have a good ear, too, as notes rarely come out in tune. If it’s your fist year in band, be prepared to suck. I would tell you to go with the trumpet, because I’m biased, but kudos to you if you pick oboe
  • The oboe is constructed from harder materials and is more subject to breaking than the trumpet which is more malleable and would sooner bend than break. The brittle oboe is harder than the trumpet.
  • Both have disadvantages. Ex:Trumpets have a hard time playing high notes.But oboe is really high and doesn’t get into tune well.So, in all, both are hard to play.
  • The oboe!!! Its so hard to play. The trumpet is way easier.
  • Kudos to you for learning either one and how to read music. Neural pathways

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