Play the Clarinet for Beginners

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Overview

You're watching VisiHow. This is a video tutorial series on playing the clarinet.

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    Georgy, a Tbilisi State Conservatory student, will be demonstrating expressions and techniques important to the clarinet
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    We'll be teaching you about different fingering abilities: C major scale, chromatic scale, and even arpeggios. Also, we'll cover such important things as single tonguing and double tonguing. We will also explain how to assemble the clarinet. We will explain the parts of the clarinet and finger positions. Also, we will focus on how to make a good sound on this instrument.
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Choosing a Clarinet

This is a video tutorial on how to select, buy, or rent a clarinet.

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    When purchasing a clarinet, either through buying or renting it, consider several key factors before making the purchase
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    Ensure that the instrument that you have chosen is in good condition. The parts should be aligned well.
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    Make sure that the make and the brand of the instrument is within your price range
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    It should be chosen as either a professional- to a student-level instrument. Try out the instrument to ascertain that everything feels and sounds well to you.
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    Remember that the instrument should match the musician
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    So, you must find the instrument with a timbre, sound, and tone that you want to produce.
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    So, when buying or renting a clarinet, it is really you who have to find your instrument that matches you
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Assemble the Clarinet

This is a video tutorial on how to assemble a clarinet.

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    The clarinet is composed of six different key components
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    They are the bell, the lower case, the upper case holding the keys, the barrel, the mouthpiece, and the reed.
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    In the video the place into which you insert the mouthpiece is shown
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    Then, you attach the mouthpiece to the barrel
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    When you disconnect the barrel from the upper case, you see that you must align everything exactly in order to have a precise and beautiful sound.
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    In the video the upper casing holding the upper keys is shown
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    Remember, that you must fit the upper casing accordingly because it will not fit into any other places
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    Align the keys properly in order for the upper and lower cases to match perfectly.
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    Now, disconnect the lower case from the bell
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    You will see that you can disconnect and reattach it
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    Remember to align it properly in order to achieve a perfect alignment.
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Clarinet Reeds

This is a video tutorial on the clarinet reed.

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    A reed of the clarinet is the most crucial component of the instrument, as it produces the sound of the clarinet
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    The clarinet reed should be in good condition in its case
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    The reed should be placed into the mouthpiece. Align the smaller wooden end of the reed with the end of the mouthpiece after inserting the reed.
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    Tighten the screw around the mouthpiece to hold the reed in place
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    Remember not to tighten the screw too hard, or you risk damaging the reed, in which case you will need to buy a new reed.
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    When selecting reeds for a beginner, select a low reed, which will help you understand the reeds and the instrument
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    If you are intermediate to advanced, then select a high reed. The reed in the video is two and a half millimeters.
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    The thickness of the reed is a personal preference
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    It is up to you, your teacher, or professor to choose one of the reeds. Remember to take care of your reed just as you take care of your instrument. There are several reeds that you should have with you as well as a few spare ones. In different weather conditions, reeds can crack; and you will need to replace them effectively and efficiently. It is important to remember the type of reeds that you are using.
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Applying Cork Grease

This is a video tutorial on how to apply cork grease to a clarinet.

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    A clarinet is comprised of five main different housing sections
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    That means that you have to apply cork grease to all of the sections in order to lubricate and protect your clarinet from damage
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    Disconnect the bell from the lower casing
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    Remember to apply cork grease all around the rim of the bell of the lower casing
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    This is a very crucial part of the instrument that needs to stay away from damage.
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    Use your finger to apply the cork grease evenly all around from the outside and inside
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    When we put on the bell, it should slide onto the lower casing perfectly
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    Twist the bell a little in order to see that the lubrication is effective
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    Do not push on the bell too hard; otherwise, you will damage the instrument.
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    Now, disconnect the lower case from the upper case and follow through by applying more cork grease in order to protect the inner part
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    You don't have to put too much grease, just a little
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    Then, you can use the rest by pressing it with your fingers around the rim.
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    Now, rotate the lower case to align its keys with the upper case
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    Remember to apply not too much pressure on your instrument, as you might damage the instrument and the cork, which will produce a very bad sound
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Cleaning the Clarinet

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    Once you begin to clean your clarinet, unscrew the mouthpiece to release the reed
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    Put the reed back into its case to protect it from damage. When you begin cleaning, get the stick with a cloth attached to the end of it, which should come with your clarinet. Now, insert the stick into the bell of the clarinet to go down through the mouthpiece.
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    Once this has been done, draw the cloth through the whole instrument in order to start the process of cleaning the clarinet
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    Now, we will take apart each part of the clarinet in order to clean individual parts, starting with the bell of the instrument.
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    When you play the clarinet, a lot of warm air builds up in the entire instrument
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    To avoid damaging it, once we are done with playing the instrument, we must clean the entire instrument in order to avoid water damage and build up of condensation and other materials such as saliva, and some food particles.
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    Now individually scrub and draw the cloth through the entire piece to clean the clarinet from foreign matter
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    Ensure that there is nothing left and that you have a clean barrel
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    A clean instrument will help to maintain a warm and clear sound. The most important part is the barrel attached to the mouthpiece. This is where most water or condensation builds up.
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    Clean the connection very effectively and do it many times in order to get rid of all of the residue
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Tuning the Clarinet

This is a video tutorial on how to tune the clarinet.

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    The first thing you need to do when tuning the clarinet is to warm up the instrument with warm air in order to get the instrument into the proper phase before tuning it
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    Let's begin by warming up the instrument (you can do it with the piano).
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    After the clarinet has been warmed up, the wood should have expanded owing to the soft warm air that has been blown into the clarinet
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    To tune the clarinet, find the barrel, which is below the mouthpiece and move it up a little.
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    Moving the mouthpiece will help you to lower the tone a bit to adjust the tuning of the clarinet
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    Let's blow into the clarinet.
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    Now, the clarinet sounds a bit lower than it was in the beginning, as it has just been adjusted with long tones
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    If you were tuning it with the piano, you would need to turn it a bit lower as the tone will get too high. Adjust the pitch by moving the barrel somewhat higher in order for the sound to be lower.
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When to Play the Clarinet after Eating

This is a video tutorial on eating and playing the clarinet.

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    The most important thing to know when playing the clarinet is that you should never eat before playing the clarinet as you will risk damaging it, including its reed and different other components
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    If you eat and play the clarinet, the food particles will be trapped as residue into the crevices of your clarinet making it very difficult for you to clean. The proper time to eat is twenty to thirty minutes prior to playing your instrument to avoid damaging your clarinet.
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Breathing and Standing in a Good Posture

This is a video tutorial on how to breathe and stand correctly while playing the clarinet.

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    Breathing and posture are very important key factors to playing correctly, as they gives you more support and stamina to play the instrument
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    Remember not to be too tight in the chest and always have your feet parallel with one another
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    They should be shoulder-width apart.
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    When you hold the clarinet, don't be too tight with the shoulders
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    Don't hold your shoulders back or forward, but feel relaxed in the correct position.
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    Remember to breathe as breathing is very important for clarinet
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    Breathe using the diaphragm in order to have a good breath support for playing.
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    Let us play an example
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    Remember not to be too tense, or else you will really dampen the sound
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    The quality will be affected, and you should never do this. This is incorrect, and it spoils the overall sound.
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    Have everything relaxed
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    Your feet should be shoulder-width apart. Your shoulders should be relaxed. Let's play the clarinet now.
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    This is the sound you need to create
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    Now, let's plant our feet firmly on the ground, shoulder-width apart. Let's play by employing a good breathing technique.
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    Remember to have everything aligned correctly, to breathe correctly, and to feel the instrument and body while you're playing
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Buzzing into the Clarinet Reed

his is a video tutorial on how to buzz into the clarinet reed.

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    In order to buzz into the reed, pull down your bottom lip, exposing your frontal teeth
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    This will create a gap in order for you to make the buzz with the lips. Please place the reed and play.
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    With this in mind, make sure that the position is comfortable for you
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    There are several different positions that you might employ and try to put in practice in order to find the one that's comfortable for you.
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    Now, ensure that your embouchure is correct so that you can buzz using the lips and teeth and produce a good sound
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    Ascertain that the embouchure, which is the usage of muscles that help you to produce the sound, helps you to seal the mouthpiece tightly with your lips. You don't want any air to escape as it will create an airy sound, and there will not be enough force to make a good buzz on the reed. Your embouchure and the instrument should be aligned to sound good when you start to play.
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Basic Clarinet Fingering

This is a video tutorial on learning basic clarinet fingering.

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    Place your fingers over all of the key holes on the clarinet
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    Remember to cover the hole on the back with your thumb of the left hand. Cover all the holes so you can play sol, or G.
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    The next note will be la, or A
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    Take your third finger off the key hole in order to increase the pitch. Please listen closely.
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    Again, remove one finger, the second finger, from the clarinet in order to have two valves exposed to play Bb
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    Now, play all of these notes together, so you can get the feel of how they sound close to one another
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    Now, continue the scale removing each finger individually in order to increase the pitch
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    Let's complete the scale. Please listen closely.
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Developing a Good Sound

This is a video tutorial on how to develop a good sound on the clarinet.

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    There are several key factors for consideration
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    These include the posture, breathing, and long tones. Long tones help develop a warm, clean, and crisp sound. Long tones help to resonate the sound and make it beautiful over a long period of time. Let us start with a piano and a pianissimo.
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    Now, move to a fortissimo and forte in order to increase the sound volume
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    After ascending with the forte, descend from it back to a piano
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    Now, play the complete long tone from a piano to a forte and back to a piano
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    Long tones are a very important way to increase and develop a good sound and quality of tone. This is because they help the sound to resonate with the instrument and give you good stamina support.
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Playing the C Chromatic Scale

This is a video tutorial on how to play the C chromatic scale on the clarinet.

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    Starting on do, or C, ascend by half steps in order to complete the C chromatic scale
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    From C (do), go to C# (do sharp). Please listen to the scale closely.
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    Now, go from D to D# (re to re sharp)
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    Now, go from mi to fa, or from E to F
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    Now, after F, go to F# and G, or fa sharp and sol
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    Now play G# and A
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    After A, play Bb and B
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    After B, play C to complete the C chromatic scale
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    After you finish ascending the C chromatic scale, descend the C chromatic scale, starting with the top C
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    Please listen to the scale closely.
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Playing the C Major Arpeggio

This is a video tutorial on how to play the C major arpeggio on the Bb clarinet.

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    Let's start with do and mi (C and E)
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    Please listen to the example.
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    Now from C and E, move to C, E, and G, which form the main C major arpeggio triad
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    In order to go to the last C, completing the arpeggio, you must press the back button of the clarinet with the thumb of the left hand in order to play it. You will be able to play it after you press the button down. This will create C, E, G, and C in the ascending arpeggio.
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    In order to descend, play C, G, C, and E
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