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 other woodwinds because of its cylindrical rather than conical shaped bore.

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Coming from Trumpet: Which woodwind?

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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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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air coming out of nose when playing

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Which clarinet model/brand should I buy as a beginner [closed]

I'm considering to buy a Clarinet. As a beginner who already plays trumpet which brand/model should I pick ? Here are a few examples of what I have been offered so far : Yamaha Jupiter Taishan ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why have alternate fingerings?

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