Hey there, this is a Classical clarinet. The instrument is designed with a poly-cylindrical bore and produce an enchanting melody that could make a crying toddler go to sleep before you start singing a lullaby.
Have you played the clarinet before?
Great! You just became my student for the day. I’ll be glad to guide you through each step and watch you change from a clarinet beginner into a master that plays breathtaking clarinet songs.
But before we begin the Clarinet 101, I’ll like to tell you about clarinet then you can go on to enjoy the clarinet music.
So, what is clarinet?
A clarinet is a woodwind musical instrument. It’s made up of a single-reed, mouthpiece, a straight cylindrical tube with tiny holes, and flared bell — the instruments usually manufactured from some of the best quality woods from Africa known as Blackwood.
Clarinets are perfect of any player, that implies you too! It is often a required instrument to learn before muscisians move on to other instruments like a saxophone. But you can go on playing a clarinet your whole life.
Can you see the musical symbols? Cool, that up there is your written playing range, but it is possible to go higher than that. But you’re just a clarinet beginner, you need some real lessons.
Alright, I’m done with the introductory part of our class.
Dear clarinet beginner, let’s begin!
Six simple and practical steps to learning the clarinet
Let’s assume you can see me, so I’ll like you to pay attention to. Thanks.
Step 1: Assembling the clarinet
Line up the bridge key between the lower and upper joints. The top joint’s pads will seal correctly as you do so. Arrange the reed properly in such a way that it’s going to smile at you and place the ligature just below it.
You’re doing just well. Now, make sure you place the clarinet 45 degrees away from your body. Perfect! The reed will vibrate freely.
Step 2: Posturing while playing and breath support
Would you like to stand or remain on your seat? Don’t worry both are fine. You can now bring the instrument closer to your body. Well done!
For breath support, learn to inhale a full-body breath to fill in the lungs from the diaphragm (and not from the chest up). Go on and practice breathing through the clarinet barrel; call it “finger-breath.”
Also, make sure you exhale a steady air stream that wouldn’t regulate when the body runs out of the air.
Step 3: The embouchure, external qualities.
Don’t make a blowfish face, keep lips pressed on the mouthpiece pull your nose and chin away.
Step 4: Oral cavity and articulation
Rest your tongue on top of the teeth (which produces dental sounds) and play to produce the syllable THEE. And also articulate the sound “shhh” like you’re ordering a noisy clarinet beginner to keep quite.
Step 5: Tone and intonation quality
Don’t bite so hard, instead use double-lip embouchure (“tuck in your lip over your teeth”). And also, avoid using heavy tonguing when starting a sound, okay? You can only go “hard enough” or “soft enough” with the reed.
Step 6: Mastering your reed
Usually, as a beginner, you should frequently start with nothing less than a 2.5 strength reed. I remember saying using hard or soft enough. Too soft makes the intonation flat.
That’s it! Go on and continue practicing!