The Practicalities of Picking an Instrument Elias Rodriguez wanted to play the trumpet. "I was small and they told me the trumpet would take too much air," Rodriguez recalls, "so I picked the oboe." But since the nearest oboe teacher lived far away, and there was a nearby clarinet instructor, Rodriguez decided to switch. Rodriguez plays music from the Clarinet Concerto No. 2 by Weber. This segment originally aired Apr. 4, 2007.