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Are You A Clarinet Player?

Sep 16, 2008
Clarinet is suitable for classical, jazz and blues. One of the most difficult things for the beginning clarinettist is getting the embouchure correct. They need to have special music sheets that contain clarinet notes.

It is straight in shape and resembles a clarinet, though curved models, resembling miniature alto saxophones, is also available. Today, clarinet sheet music is played in various styles of music - namely classical, jazz and gospel. Flute, piccolo, clarinet, oboe, horn, mouth organ, saxophone, and bassoon are some of the winds instruments, while the French horn, tuba, trumpet, and trombone are brass instruments.

One problem I encountered for instance is the fact that I have very small hands and found it difficult to reach some of the alternate fingering keys on my clarinet - so I had them sawed off and re-soldered on in a different direction so I could reach them.

With growing computer software programs, clarinet music is now available on the Internet and can be downloaded and played. King Oliver's sound was a much smaller band with the instruments going off on their own direction as soloists; one trumpet, one clarinet, and one trombone. Well, she said, she had been toying with a story of a woman who played the clarinet, joined a jazz band and fell in love with the trumpet player.

There appears to be four groups of instruments; Strings, with violins, violas, cellos and double basses Wood-winds, with flutes, clarinets and bassoons Brass, with French horns and trumpets And Percussion.

I don't see many fiddles or clarinets sold in stores, except music shops. I had trained as a classical clarinet player and it was during my undergrad that I started to have all sorts of problems from playing too much and with poor posture.

One of the important things when putting a clarinet together is not to force any part into another, and that the side lever is up when the lower and upper parts are put together, otherwise bent keys could be the result.

When performing in the show group, I usually had my Saxes (alto and tenor) and clarinet on stands behind me so it was possible to do the show routines out front with nothing in the way and when it was my turn to play the horns, I'd swing around and grab one to play a solo, etc. Both Presley and Goodman played a very important role in bringing the most popular music of their time to the masses; Goodman was a hard working band leader and one of the best clarinettists of his day and Elvis had a great voice and stage presence but neither was a musical innovator.
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Uchenna Ani-Okoye is an internet marketing advisor and co founder of Free Affiliate Programs

For more information and resource links on the clarinet visit: Clarinet Fingering Chart
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