The Clarinet

The clarinet is our most popular instrument. The main reason is that most pupils find it really easy to play (not that this means that they won't have to do their homework...!).  

Famous clarinet players include Benny Goodman and Richard Stoltzman, and you will instantly recognise the classic clarinet piece "Stranger on the Shore" performed by Acker Bilk.

Check out the links below for lots more useful information.
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History of the Clarinet

The clarinet is a member of the woodwind family and was originally made of wood.  The sound is produced by a small, thin piece of cane called a reed.  It is fastened firmly in the mouthpiece and vibrates when you blow it.  The notes are changed by covering different combinations of holes which effectively make the pipe longer or shorter.  

The name Clarinet means 'little trumpet' and they are found in woodwind groups, concert bands and symphony orchestras, as well as big bands and jazz groups
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Caring for your Clarinet

The most important thing to remember when caring for your clarinet is to dry it inside and out after use.  An occasional application of cork grease on the joints will ensure it can be assembled and dis-assembled easily.  Reeds will need to be replaced from time to time as they are fragile and wear out eventually.

For more information on caring for your clarinet click here.
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Listen to the Clarinet

The clarinet has a beautiful, mellow sound.  

Click here to listen to an example.