The Clarinet is just like any other band instrument it takes air to make it play and practice to sound good! No matter what you have heard, almost anyone can play clarinet regardless of their body size or hand size. The Clarinet is a beautiful, wonderful instrument! This site will get you started on learning how to play Clarinet. Follow the drop down links above for step by step instruction on how to play the Clarinet
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It is expected that all students using this website have played another instrument and know basic musicianship. They will also need to know some fundamentals of playing a wind instrument such as proper breathing, proper sitting posture, and instrument position. This website is only a resource for instrumentalists switching to clarinet. Private lessons are highly recommended as it is the best way of instruction.
Why Play Clarinet?
Firstly, the clarinet is a very beautiful and elegant instrument
It has a unique sound and adds depth to any ensemble
You will have more opportunities for solos
The clarinet usually has very important musical lines
You will be able to play in concert band, orchestra, jazz bands and small wind ensembles!
A Brief History of the Clarinet
The clarinet's history begins with its invention around 1700; German instrument maker J.C. Denner developed it based on a very simple shepherd's instrument, the chalumeau, which then had a range of about one octave. Today several clarinet systems have been developed, the most widely used being the French Boehm system (used in English speaking countries, too) and the German system (in German speaking countries). Since 1800 the clarinet has become fully established in symphonic music, popular music, dance and military music and then later on in Jazz and pop. It is also used in Indian, Persian and Turkish music, Gypsy, Kletzmer and even Arabian music with its non-European scales.