My Instrument Choice

This year for music I would like to play the clarinet as my instrument choice for this year. In preparation I have researched a few things I might need to know about the clarinet:

How to clean the mouthpiece:

  1. remove the mouthpiece and the reed
  2. undo barrel joints
  3. wipe off reed
  4. rinse the mouthpiece
  5. dry mouthpiece using a swab
  6. reassemble when all pieces are dry

How to produce clear tones on the clarinet:

  1. blow enough air through the clarinet to produce a loud sound
  2. make sure to take in enough of the mouthpiece
  3. don’t bite hard on the mouthpiece
  4. clarinet shouldn’t be too close or too far, try out different positions (recommended 45 degrees away)
  5. reed should be flat against the mouthpiece

The many different parts of a clarinet:

  • mouthpiece
  • ligature
  • barrel joint
  • upper joint
  • lower joint
  • bell


How to pack away a clarinet:

  1. unscrew the ligature but not too much only to take out the reed
  2. wipe the reed off
  3. place it in its casing
  4. take the mouthpiece off
  5. wipe off mouthpiece
  6. put the ligature back onto the mouthpiece
  7. place the mouthpiece into the mouthpiece cover
  8. gently take off the barrel
  9. wipe off barrel
  10. put the barrel into the hole that the casing should have
  11. face bell outwards
  12. place the thumb on bridge key to keep it up
  13. gently take it off
  14. wipe the upper joint through the side with something sticking out
  15. place the upper joint in the case (make sure keys are facing up)
  16. gently take the bell off
  17. clean the lower joint first
  18. place lower joint in the case (keys should be facing up)
  19. wipe the bell off
  20. place bell inside the case

Notes for the clarinet:

Image result for clarinet note chart


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *