Are you a clarinet enthusiast? Do you want to master the skills as a beginner and turn from an amateur to an expert? Well, to achieve this, you need to have the right resources and information. It is for this reason that I have flexed muscles and delved into the topic in order to bring you a comprehensive and thorough guide on First Lesson for Clarinet Players. In order to make it extensive and helpful to you, I have broken it down into sections. And yes, I will attempt to dissect and inspect every section in totality leaving no stone unturned. In fact, I will attempt to explore each stage from the general instructions to the crucial requirements and the technical information. Let’s kick off by defining what a clarinet is.
What is a clarinet? Starting the discussion from this point will form a strong base for a proper understanding of the entire topic. A clarinet is basically a woodwind musical instrument that produces pure sounds. And yes, it can produce arguably the highest number of pitches. Now, how do you start off as a beginner in this lucrative industry?
LEARNING THE INSTRUMENT
The first step as a beginner is to get an appropriate instrument based on the use you want to put it to. As a beginner, you need to ensure that you start off with a plastic clarinet. This is because wooden clarinets are harder to maintain.
2. Learn the parts.
After acquiring the best and most appropriate clarinet for your use, you can now try to learn the parts. In fact, identifying their names is quite awesome in order to be able to play it accordingly.
3. Assemble it appropriately.
In order to have a fully functional clarinet, you need to know how to assemble it. To achieve this, you need to place the reed between the mouthpiece and the ligature with the flat part facing inside. Care should be taken to avoid losing the screws. And yes, you will also need to be gentle to avoid over-tightening the screws as you assemble the instrument.
4. Learn how to hold the clarinet in the right position.
This is quite crucial. When you are using a clarinet, the position you hold it goes a long way in to determine how effective and great it sounds. It should be held away from your body at a 45-degree position. And yes, the clarinet should come to your mouth on that angle. With your right hand at the bottom stack and the thumb at the thumb-rest, your left hand ought to be placed on the top stack with the thumb on the octave key at the back of your clarinet. And your fingers ought to be close to the openings in order to control the tones produced.
5. Wet the reed.
You will need to wet the reed if you want to have desirable results.
HOW TO PLAY A NOTE
Now that you have learned the instrument, you need to work on how to play a note using this instrument. To play a note, you need to;
1. Put it in your mouth properly.
To put it in your mouth properly requires you to keep your jaws flat with your teeth firmly planted on your mouthpiece. Secondly, you will also need to ensure a great embouchure.
2. Seal the corners of your mouth around the mouthpiece.
This is in order to ensure that no air escapes. This way, you can produce the best sound.
3. Try to achieve a good tone.
With your mouth in the right position, you should try to get a good tone by blowing the clarinet with varying blowing strengths.
4. Keep your cheeks tight.
You also need to ensure that your cheeks are tight if at all you want to achieve desirable results.
5. Keep trying numerous tones.
It is only by trying that you can achieve the best tone. You should not give up even if the tone doesn’t come out at first.
After you have tried the two steps, you now need to get a clarinet fingering chart as well as a guide book. These are two important tools you need in order to master your clarinet and sharpen your skills. Hiring an instructor could do as well if at all you want to master the skills fast. Once you have the chart, you can master scales and arpeggios then later try to master some songs. This way, you will be in the right direction to becoming a successful clarinet player.
Armed with this information, I believe it is time you took a step forward. You could even join a band and grow your skills together.