The clarinet is a wind instrument with one reed, which produces low to medium pitch notes. It is known by its full and soft velvet sound. The challenge of producing a beautiful sound on the clarinet will be overcome each day by mastering the way you position your mouth in the mouthpiece, and the way you control the air flow through the reed. Your fingers will also become agile with practice and you will quickly know the place of each finger on their respective keys. Listen to the sound of the clarinet:
The soprano clarinet music sheets are written in the treble clef, but the clarinet is a transposing instrument. It means that the note written in the clarinet’s score is not the note produced by the clarinet. In this case, for the most common type of the Clarinet in B flat, the clarinet’s C sounds a B flat in reality. That is, the clarinet’s C is one step lower than the real C.
Within the clarinets family, there are ten different types of clarinet. The most common is the soprano clarinet en B flat, but there are three more clarinets in a higher pitch and six more in a lower pitch. A musician who plays the clarinet can easily play the other clarinets, but also other reed instruments such as the saxophone which has a similar mouthpiece, and also the oboe and the bassoon.
You can start learning the clarinet with a clarinet from the Cascais Music School. Check for more information at our Shop.
Meet the Clarinet Teachers from the Cascais Music School.