About the Clarinet

The Clarinet is a Highly Versatile Instrument.



The clarinet is in the woodwind family. Sound is produced when a single a reed is held to the mouthpiece by a ligature. The body is made of plastic or wood and the keys are made of nickel or silver. The cylindrical body is what gives it its unique sound and because of all the different keys it has the widest range of all the woodwind instruments. The clarinet is in the key of Bb, same as the trumpet and tenor saxophone. The bass clarinet is also quite common in concert bands and orchestras. Special care should be given to your clarinet in order to keep the corks and pads in good condition. The mouthpiece should be cleaned monthly with soapy water and a brush, and the body of the clarinet should be cleaned after every use with a swab. Because of it’s unique tone, the clarinet can be seen played in a variety of different bands including Dixie land bands, swing bands, and orchestras.


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