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Questions tagged [clarinet]

The clarinet was invented around 1700 and has since become one of the most versatile wind instruments. It can be found in orchestra, band, jazz, klezmer, Indian traditional music, etc. The clarinet's sound is created by the vibration of a single reed against a mouthpiece. It is different from the ...

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Does Changing the Rhythm of Notes to More Complicated Ones Help on the Clarinet?

My private teacher for clarinet introduced me to what she called "chunking" (not as a music memorizing tool) where you take a piece of music that has straight sixteenths for many measures, for example,...
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Clarinet Ligature on Alto Sax?

I bought a semi expensive ligature for my clarinet, and I would like to know if it is a good idea to use it on an Alto Sax. I've tried using a cheap one on my alto sax, and it seemed to work alright (...
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Strange (or maybe misunderstood) octave key behavior. (Bb Clarinet)

So, I was practicing the scale and I happened to go from Low E to High B, but when I let go of the octave key, the High B persisted, only a bit higher. It does this with every note (haven’t tried the ...
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When I play G, why does it come out as F on bass clarinet?

I'm new to bass clarinet, and I seem to be following the button chart accurately to play a G, which indicates to press no buttons. However, when I measure the note with a tuner, it clearly plays an F ...
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Spitty Tone On Clarinet From Tonguing

I've been playing clarinet for a couple years, and since I switched from Rico to Vandoren reeds, I've been plagued with a spitty/fuzzy tone while tonguing. I realized that somehow spit is accumulating ...
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Key used by clarinet

I do not understand the key notation for the clarinet in an orchestral score I am looking at. This is an extract from the Andante of the Ravel concerto in G: The clarinet has a different key ...
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Do woodwind reeds (Sax, clarinet, etc) need break in to play better?

I was curious if woodwind reeds need a break in period to meld to the mouthpiece. I am learning saxophone and it seems the longer I use the same reed, it seems to play better.
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Offset Teeth Placement On Clarinet Mouthpiece

My two front teeth aren't the same height. One of them extends lower than the other by about 2mm. I've noticed recently that my mouthpiece patch on my clarinet mouthpiece shows two marks (from my ...
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Coudet Clarinet and Transitioning From Flute/Alto Sax

What is a "Coudet Clarinet"? I'm a flute/Alto Sax player and was wonder if this is different from a "Clarinet" also how will the transition be?
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Use Of Silica Packets For Clarinets?

I was wondering whether keeping silica packets inside my clarinet case would be a good idea considering that it is a wooden clarinet. Also, what about putting silica packets inside a bag of reeds to ...
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maintain and repair clarinet

i would like to learn how to maintain and repair my clarinet and would like a "dummy" clarinet to practise on. i have a very good Haynes manual to follow but am not confident to do it on the real ...
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Playing music by ear [duplicate]

So I have a hearing condition called Enlarged Vestibular Aqueduct, which causes slight hearing loss for me. I play three instruments: clarinet, piano, and violin, yet I'm having a difficult time ...
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Clarinet mouthpiece suggestions for an adult learner

I am looking for a mouthpiece for my B♭ clarinet. I am an adult but have only been playing for a few months. I also play the recorder and have done so for about 5 years, and so I have some confidence ...
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What do the letters D and E above the staff represent here?

A mystery from a musician friend of mine: In the Alpine Symphony by Strauss, the oboe, Eflat clarinet, and bass clarinet/C clarinet have these D's and E's scattered throughout the back half of the ...
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Will bite marks on my clarinet mouthpiece affect my playing?

I'm a student who has been playing the clarinet for about 3 years now. Within that span, I never used a mouthpiece patch until my music teacher recommended it, and I also bite quite hard on my ...
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Clarinet Transposition

I like to play my clarinet to backing tracks. Can all songs be transposed to Bb? I ask this because there are songs I would like to play which I can't find clarinet sheet music for. Thanks
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Why have alternate fingerings?

I don't really see the point of alternate fingerings when you could already use another.
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Clarinet trilling over the break

I am practicing Capriccio Espagnol by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Arr. by Richard Meyer, and there is a trill that I've looked at 100 times and I am absolutely sure it goes over the break from A to B. ...
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How are alternate fingerings developed?

I understand that say, for the clarinet, tin whistle, or flute, there are several different fingerings for the same note. These can still produce marginally different tones, which are more or less in ...
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Playing tenor sax is easy for me. Is a clarinet really that hard?

I have a hard time getting notes out of my Artley clarinet. The guy who worked on it and inspected it (I bought it from a friend) said it's a good instrument, and he's done great work on my sax so I ...
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Clarinet low e quite sharp

I've got a Bb clarinet (german buffet e11), which plays well and appears to have the typical tuning issues clarinets have on different notes - except that my low E (and the corresponding B) is very ...
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What is the best length of time to practice for a clarinet?

I play clarinet. I am not that great, but can play a high range. I use a plastic clarinet with #3 reeds, and don't have too many of them. I want to get better, yet not play for more than 45 minutes ...
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Saxophone vs. Clarinet differences for Traditional Jazz

I play with a jazz band that plays Trad and Dixieland, and I play tenor sax. After searching for overviews on differences between playing style (note bending, arpeggios, note sequences) for these two ...
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Clarinet Joints Loose After Left Assembled

So I was careless and after playing left my clarinet assembled on a stand for about 2 weeks while I went on vacation. When I took it apart I noticed the joints were loose. Any way I can fix this or ...
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What is the diameter of a clarinet and bass clarinet mouthpiece?

I'm looking for the diameter of the connection point for both the clarinet and bass clarinet. The part in red below.
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Right thumb twitch after playing the clarinet

Today I decided to pick back up my clarinet after a two year total hiatus due to exams. However, after about 10-15 minutes of play, when I put my clarinet down and relaxed my right hand, my thumb ...
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How Common Are the Trumpet in C and Clarinet in A?

In the wind/marching/concert band world, trumpets and soprano clarinets are always in Bb. The orchestra, however, uses trumpets in Bb, C, and D, and clarinets in Bb and A. I understand that clarinets ...
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Air Leak/Snorting at the back of nose while playing clarinet?

So I've been playing clarinet for at least two months in the school band, and I definitely wouldn't say I'm good, but I'd say I'm catching on quite well. I've been practicing, playing well, reading ...
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History of Russian Clarinet/Bass Clarinet low notes

In the music of mid-century Russian/Soviet composers, it's common to assume that bass clarinets extend to low-C and that Bb clarinets might have a low Eb key. I know from many sources that this was a ...
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Why can't oboes play softly while clarinets can?

Clarinets are famed for being able to play diminuendo and crescendo to and from niente. Oboes, however, have trouble playing in very low dynamics. The difference in construction of oboe and clarinet ...
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Why are some/most B♭-clarinets tuned to A=442 Hz?

I want to buy a B♭-clarinet, but I don't know a lot about clarinets. I noticed that most clarinets are tuned to A=442Hz, while more expensive clarinets sometimes can be found with A=440Hz. I don't ...
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How can I practice clarinet quietly?

How can I practice clarinet more quietly? Is there a clarinet mute that works well? Particularly good ear plugs? I'd rather not either soundproof a room, or move to the basement / garage. What I don'...
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My old clarinet smells musty. How to freshen it up?

I have an old bass clarinet I haven't played for years. I opened it up and it smells really musty. The reeds were icky so I threw them out. How do I get the smell out without damaging it? It's not ...
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Switch to Clarinet or Saxophone, which one is easier for an oboist?

I used to play the oboe. Being in a rock band (mainly as a guitarist) I'd like to switch to the clarinet or the saxophone, as they are more useful in rock / jazz music. My question is, which one would ...
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Palatino student clarinet compared to a Allora Vienna intermediate one?

I've been wanting to get a professional clarinet but they cost too much. I've been using the same Palatino clarinet for over 10 years now, so does a intermediate Allora make any real difference ...
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Strength of clarinet plastic reeds compared to wooden

I play the clarinet at an intermediate-advanced level, and I have recently joined an orchestra. Our conductor wants all the woodwinds to switch to plastic reeds, since they are more audible in the ...
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Why do wooden woodwinds sound better than plastic?

With clarinet, recorders, and I presume oboe's also - it's common for beginner instruments to be made out of plastic/hard rubber, and more high quality instruments to be made from wood. This seems to ...
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Dip-polishing silver-nickel keys

I'm working on restoring an old clarinet. The keys are badly tarnished - I've been working on them using a cloth and metal polish, but: It's very time consuming; I'm finding it impossible to get ...
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Single reed mouthpieces: How do Facing Lengths, Tip Openings, and Chamber Sizes affect playing?

When buying a new mouthpiece for a clarinet/saxophone - you're faced with a whole table of information on facing lengths, tip openings and chamber sizes. How do all these specifications relate to how ...
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Clarinet losing air

I have a clarinet that I've been using recently, but whenever I try and play it, I can hear a sound like air coming out from somewhere besides the usual note. I'm using a 3 1/2 reed, but when I ...
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Why does a clarinet behaves like a closed pipe?

Saxophones, oboes and generally generally most woodwind instruments I can think of behave like open pipes. That seems logical; when every key is closed, they actually are open pipes and, if I remember ...
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Clarinet and sax: what are the different qualities of open and closed mouthpieces?

With regard to the clarinet and saxophone, what are the advantages and disadvantages of a more open mouthpiece? I seem to get a very good sound playing with a fairly closed mouthpiece, and the volume ...
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Playing Sax and Clarinet

I currently play tenor sax but would like to pick up clarinet in the near future. How difficult would learning to play Clarinet be, given my experience as a tenor and long time piano player? How much ...
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reed strength for clarinet Vandoren M 13 mouthpiece

For the fullest sounding tone, what read strength would be best recommended for the Vandoren M 13 clarinet mouthpiece
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Alternatives to Marching with Bassoon

Situation: I am currently a bassoon player, and I am in marching band. I have marched only once with the bassoon before, and I know that the bassoon is both unsafe and impractical for marching. After ...
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How much does it cost on average to clean a clarinet?

I was wondering on average, how much does it cost to clean up a clarinet. Someone borrowed my instrument that I haven't touched in about 20 years. I didn't think to clean it up, replace cork, pads, ...
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How many bars can a clarinet sustain?

Apologies if the question is too silly (my profile might explain why I don't know the answer). I am writing a piece and at some point I want a clarinet to hold a note until the performer runs out of ...
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Adjusting clarinet or saxophone reeds

How do various techniques and equipments for adjusting reeds compare? e.g. (blade perpendicular strokes) (Tom Ridenour's Tools + DVD) ...