How did it take me this long into my lifespan to learn that EWIs (Electronic Wind Instruments) exist

I have a mighty NEED :possum_rawr:

After watching a few youtube videos… dang, this looks SO up my alley.

My main difficulty with making music nowadays is that I want to do so electronically, but to do so I'd have to learn piano (or alternatively electric guitar or something) to use as a midi-controller input.

But being able to use a woodwind-style instrument as a midi controller? That's SO EXCITING to me! :D

Time to save up for an EWI Solo, I think… ($700 CAD, though, :oof:)

I miss making music. I miss it a lot. But the problem with playing clarinet is that it's not easy to play casually, on your own… you can play melodies and some solos, sure, but the instrument shines when it's played in accompaniment with other instruments.

That, and it's pretty loud. It's tricky to practice clarinet and not have that constant worry in the back of your head that you're bothering people. It's just hard to pick up and use, you know?

But I love playing clarinet SO MUCH. I don't think I could commit to playing with a concert band any time soon (that and I'd need a LOT of practice to get back to a playable level), and it seems like a waste to get lessons on an instrument I won't be playing with other people.

I dunno. I've been stuck on playing my clarinet for decades now.

The EWI, though… this would be SUCH a fun way to interact with and experiment with music, in a way that makes sense to me.

Don't get me wrong, I won't be getting one of these any time soon. It's too expensive to just buy on a whim. But it's something I'll think long and hard about, and see if I can't work out a saving plan.

It would be nice to try, at any rate. I miss playing music. 💗

@Rheall I played one once, a relative rented one to try, and it's very weird, but it was a neat experience. I didn't keep playing clarinet, I switched to viola, so I'd have no idea what to do with one now, but it was cool to try. And I think I tried the first version commercially available because it was a while ago. We plugged it into Garageband and you could change the sound which really messes with your head if you're expecting a wind instrument to sound a certain way.

@Rheall O_o

Thats kinda bad ass

time to rock out with your flute out

@Rheall yes! EWIs are on my list too, and this is a wonderful idea! Save up for it, chip away at it, keep an eye on

@Rheall I have the same issue with learning bagpipes: I love playing, but the available time between "work" and "waking up the neighbors" is limited...

I've tried the electric instruments and one thing I'll say is that the metal sensors that rely on conductivity can be wonky. If your fingers are too dry or the sensors are too dirty, or the capacitor sensitivity isn't adjust just right it doesn't work.

@Rheall Lockdown has helped me with my anxiety regarding annoying the neighbours. With everyone staying at home, we have to allow each a bit of space to be noisy, and that starts with allowing myself :-) Admittedly in my case it's only singing, which isn't as loud as a clarinet! I try to keep it to 30mn a day.

Having said that, those Electronic Wind Instruments do look quite exciting, regardless of the neighbours :-)

@Rheall I've seen a lot of people use ensemble music or backing tracks from youtube to play along with! Like if it lacks your instrument or you could add something! Not sure how much goes with clarinet music, though.

Do violin or electric bass often go with clarinet? I've never really played with a clarinetist but I've been meaning to practice more. :D Maybe we could trade recordings to add to?

@Rheall That's a really neat idea, wow! I've been learning electric guitar and being able to plug it into my iPad and have a whole library of amps available, along with proper tutorial stuff, has been such a massive improvement on when I tried learning like 14 years ago and failed miserably, haha.

@Rheall Ohhh, I remember I saw one of those on a videogames concert once and thought they're the coolest thing ever! Totally forgot they existed. Hope you can get it someday :)

I don't know about clarinet, but for pipes there's a company that makes basically a plastic model of a functional instrument with optical sensors that can tell when the holes are covered. People seem to have better luck with that.

If it doesn't exist, yet, market opportunity?

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