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Playing clarinet based on guitar chords

I know the chords to a song on guitar is there any way I can play that song on the clarinet based on those chords?
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How do I play these tremolos?

So for this piece Lux Aurumque by Eric Whitacre there's this thing called a tremolo in between the notes Bb and D. What do I play during it, do I trill with C or something?
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Composing for Clarinet - how many registers to use

I am starting to compose for clarinet and read that the clarinet has 3 different registers, which, it is said, are not easy to change between. Do composers only use one register or is it easily ...
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Clever mnemonics for clarinet pinkies

I teach a beginner band program. I'm a brass player myself, although I can play most of the band instruments with a fair degree of success. When beginner clarinet players start to learn B/C/C#, or ...
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Writing for bass clarinet in Bb in the same range

The written ranges of clarinet and bass clarinet are shown in Wikipedia as following: clarinet: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clarinet#/media/File:Clarinet_range.svg bass clarinet: https://en....
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What is this sound effect called? [closed]

In this video: ...from 1:13 to 1:20 there is a special sound connection between the clarinet and the accordion. I don't know how to describe it but sounds like a very ...
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Does playing with a mouthpiece patch affect your embouchure?

I have been playing clarinet since 6th grade, and now I am a sophomore in high school. My band director is doing an instrument check that is for a grade. One of the things that we are required to have ...
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What's this flat squiggly line below the notes at the end of this clarinet jazz solo?

This is from cuphead. Youtube link here: It kind of sounds like vibrato.
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Bb vs. A clarinet in union orchestras [closed]

A sometimes-mentor and someone in the know at a professional orchestra advised me recently on writing for orchestra. I'll paraphrase his advice here: Writing for a flute player doubling on piccolo ...
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How to transpose from guitar scores to clarinet?

Guitar in standard tuning B♭ clarinet I have the chords for a song in guitar. I need to join the guitar on clarinet, but I cannot find the partiture to play. How can I join the guitar (rhythmic ...
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What does the cross on a square symbol mean?

This symbol is on a clarinet etude sheet, but I don't have any clue what it means.
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Numbers and lines underneath notes [closed]

What do the numbers and lines beside them mean when under a note on clarinet sheet music
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Can I start playing on this clarinet?

Me: no money at all and no experience with wind instruments. Goal: learn how to play clarinet and to read music. Found this "French-styled clarinet from URSS" for 40 dollars. Is it ...
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Which instruments have the same (or almost the same) fingering? (In other words, which instruments can you play if you know how to play one of them?) [closed]

First of all, I fully realize that to know how to actually play an instrument, there is more to it than just the fingering. Yet, I feel like it has to make things easier, right? What about recorder, ...
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alternative F# clarinet fingering

On my Schreiber clarinet with Oehler key system (or german system) the alternative F# fingering (right side of the image) produces not a F# but a slightly flat G instead while the normal fingering (...
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Can the Eb alto clarinet and the Eb soprano clarinet be substituted?

I am putting together a band to play the piece Variations on a Korean Folk Song by John Barnes Chance. I Was wondering if I could substitute both clarinets parts with a Alto sax seeing as they are ...
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Confusing clarinet key signature changes

I am reading through a miniature score book of the Vorspiel (Prelude) of Die Meistersinger Von Nürnberg by Richard Wagner. It's a piece for orchestra, including two B-flat clarinets. The clarinet ...
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My clarinet is playing flat - how can I fix it?

First of all I understand that most people's first (and very reasonable) place to look to improve intonation is at the technique of the player: embouchure quality and technique, air support, maybe ...
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wind instrument tone - good practice routine?

I understand that to get a good tone the best exercise is to play long tones. There are tons of variations of long tone exercises: a) starting pianissimo and ending fortissimo for as long as you can ...
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If I were to switch from playing clarinet (6 years) to starting oboe, how hard would it be? [closed]

So I'm aware that oboe is one of the hardest instruments to pick up and learn (partially because of embouchure, reed maintenance, etc.) but I love the instrument and I'd really like to start learning. ...
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Why does my clarinet play a "Bb" when the music shows a "C" and I finger for a "C"? [duplicate]

I am trying to learn to play the clarinet and was doing fairly well until I tried to play a tune with my granddaughters on flute and piano. My clarinet was not in tune with their instruments. I have ...
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Looking for a chair that helps someone to hold a clarinet whilst playing [closed]

I was wondering if anyone could please help me find out where I could purchase a chair to help my niece hold her clarinet whilst playing, as she is only young and a beginner and is slightly struggling ...
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Instrument Switching Question: B flat to Bass Clarinet

I'm writing for a classical style orchestra: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, timpani, strings — two parts each, except timpani and strings. There is one spot where I think a ...
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Most Boehm clarinets have 17 keys, but some have 18 or 19. What are the extra keys used for?

Clarinet beginner here. Most Boehm clarinets have 17 keys, but you can get 18 keys for not much more money, and there are a few very expensive clarinets with 19 keys. What do the extra keys do, and ...
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German versus French clarinet mouthpieces and how to tell what I have?

I've recently started clarinet lessons and I've got an old (1960s) Selmer Signet Special clarinet and a new Vandoren M13 Lyre mouthpiece. I've started playing Legere synthetic reeds and wondering if I ...
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Playing clarinet from saxophone music

I am starting to study the clarinet and have been given some sax music. As both instruments are in B-flat, if I use the clarinet to play the sax music: what must I be aware of? are there octaves ...
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Key signatures in Dvorak 9th symphony

I'm learning about transposing instruments, and now I'm looking at Dvorak's 9th symphony. In the second movement (Largo) I don't understand the key signature of the clarinet in A. The first movement ...
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Why is the clarinet able to play lower notes than the soprano sax?

The clarinet and the soprano sax are similar in size, but the clarinet is able to play much lower notes than the soprano sax. Why is this the case? I understand that when the clarinet is overblown the ...
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Clarinet range-transposing a cello part

I have a cello part that I would like to transpose for clarinet. The lowest note is a concert G(2 below middle C). Is there a clarinet that has that note?
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How Do I Utilize My Practice Time So It Is Efficient (Clarinet)?

As a high school clarinetist, I have showed skill and potential. I play a Buffet E12F, with a Vandoren Black Diamond mouthpiece, and use 3 1/2 strength V12 Vandoren reeds. I made all-state this past ...
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Clarinet A/B trill with fuller sound

I am trying to do a trill over the break between the Clarion and Chalumeau registers, between A and B. You are meant to add the upper side key to the A, see e.g. here. This is what the top two ...
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Is it advisable to cover and uncover the clarinet mouthpiece to play each note?

I took clarinet lessons only for 4 months and my teacher told me that I must cover and uncover the mouthpiece with the tongue between note and note. I find it difficult and I think I prefer to simply ...
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air coming out of nose when playing [duplicate]

I've been playing the clarinet for 1 year. I used to have a problem with air coming out of my nose when playing. It went away for a bunch of months and is now coming back a little. If anyone has any ...
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Coming from Trumpet: Which woodwind? [closed]

I've played trumpet for 3 years, and I'm thinking about picking up a simple woodwind instrument. I think personally, either clarinet or alto sax. But please, based on what I have played, price, and ...
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Clarinets in the Rite of Spring

I am studying a miniature score of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring (Dover Miniature Scores). For the clarinets, I see this in the instrumentation page: Clarinetto piccolo (D, Es) 3 Clarinetti (B, A)...
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recordings for beginning clarinet student who likes hot/traditional jazz to play along with [closed]

I'm trying to learn some clarinet just to play along with records and relax. I love Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong -- jazz from the twenties or thirties mostly. My clarinet teacher gave me Mile Davis's ...
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Trumpet playing to clarinet playing

Sorry if this has been asked here somewhere before but I haven't been able to find this question (I found the reverse situation of my question). I've been playing trumpet for several years now and ...
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How to play vibrato on the clarinet?

I've been playing the clarinet for some time now, and have wanted to extend my ability with it. While doing so, I ran into vibrato. Is there a good method to play vibrato on the clarinet?
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List of Exercises to Get Better in General

Mediocre 2nd-year clarinet player here. Was wondering about a list of exercises to perform on a daily basis to generally improve. At the moment, I'm trying long tones, intervals, and chromatic ...
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Composition for Clarinet

I would like to write a song for a Bb clarinet. What is the easiest key for a clarinet player to play it in? Do I use the Treble clef register?
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Is it bad practice to score a E major piece for Bb Clarinet in 6 sharps/flats?

I'm currently writing my first piece for a full orchestra, to be played by a high school orchestra and band. The piece is in E major, but it is somewhat chromatic and modulates to different keys for ...
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Does changing the rhythm of notes help you learn to articulate faster on the clarinet?

My private teacher for clarinet introduced me to what she called "chunking" to improve tonguing and articulating faster, but not as a music memorizing tool. You take a piece of music that has ...
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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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