Interesting and fun clarinet facts.
Here are some interesting clarinet facts that are sure to have you sounding very knowledgeable at your next practice session:
- The clarinet is the most recent addition to the woodwind family and was the last woodwind to be included in the symphony orchestra).
- The predecessor to the clarinet was the chalumeau, the first single reed instrument. It was popular during the Middle Ages but had a small range of around 1 ½ octaves.
- The sound of a clarinet is produced by forcing a column of air through the clarinet mouthpiece, causing the air to vibrate through the reed and into the hollow body of the instrument. The clarinet player then presses the keys, shortening the airflow to alter the pitch of the note.
- Clarinet keys are particularly complicated because the clarinet overblows to a twelfth which extends its fundamental compass to nineteen half tones. The other woodwinds overblow to the octave (twelve half tones).
- A cane reed needs a diameter of at least 2.5 centimetres (1 inch) if it is to be made into a reed for a clarinet.
And some trivia:
- Julia Roberts played clarinet in bands when she was at school.
- Woody Allen plays the clarinet at Michael's Pub in New York City on Monday nights, and has even turned down invitations to the Oscars because he has a gig.
- Steven Spielberg can be seen playing the clarinet in an orchestra early on in his movie ‘Jaws’.
For more information about other services and products choose from one of the following links:
- Clarinet and Piano
Find a huge selection of new clarinet music. Leave the old habits and explore some new composers. Build a fresh repertoire.
- Clarinet Study
For starters and advanced players. Everybody has to practice!
- Clarinet Solo
Modern works, ready to perform on stage. Great for your concerts!
- Music for clarinet groups and clarinet choir
A lot of new enthusiastic groups and clarinet choirs were founded during the last decade. The problem is always to find suitable music. Look into our catalogue!
- Fingering Chart
Find an accurate fingering chart. Can be used by the beginners and the advanced players!
Please look at our big collection of articles about the clarinet. They are written by amateurs, professionals, writers and musician. If you feel like it, please send your related article(s) to email@example.com
Every article that is published will show your name and a short CV. If you wish, you can link to your own website. So be sure to add the correct data!
In the mean time you can enjoy the articles of other clarinet enthusiasts and visit our catalogues of immediate downloadable sheet music ...