Dr. John Zumwalt

When was the clarinet invented?

BRIEF HISTORY OF THE CLARINET

“Clarinetto” is the romantic diminutive, or minor, of “clarion.” The Clarin trumpet (named after Clarino Blasen) of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The “clarinetto” of this period, due to its sound, was related primarily with the upper register of the trumpet.  Ancient Clarinet Instruments using single reeds with a cylindrical tube-shaped bore can be discovered …

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A Quick Way to Improve Your Clarinet Performance: Improve Your Reeds!

A Quick Way to Improve Your Clarinet Performance: Improve Your Reeds!

It’s crazy, isn’t it? Your performances (and often your mental state) are often entirely dependent upon a little piece of wood! If your reed doesn’t respond well, it can ruin your whole performance (and often your confidence right along with it!) The good news is that understanding a bit more about why reeds wear out …

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