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Clarinet Lessons


About the Clarinet

The clarinet is a musical-instrument belonging to the group called the woodwind instruments. It has a single-reed mouthpiece, a straight cylindrical tube with an almost cylindrical bore, and a flared bell. A person who plays a clarinet is called a clarinetist

The most popular clarinet is the B clarinet. However, the clarinet in A, just a semitone lower, is commonly used in orchestral music. Since the middle of the 19th century the bass clarinet (nowadays invariably in B but with extra keys to extend the register down a few notes) has become an essential addition to the orchestra. The clarinet family ranges from the (extremely rare) BBB octo-contrabass to the A piccolo clarinet.

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Frequently Asked Questions

In Finoon, there are typically 8 progressive levels for the Clarinet through which the student studies certain musical compositions with a special focus on technique and practice. The duration of each level depends upon the comprehensive capabilities of the student, their regular attendance to classes and persevere practice.

First, let’s establish that no magic can make you a player overnight, mastering any musical instrument takes time. The most important thing however is, the number of hours per week that you actually invest into practice. Practice strengths your muscle memory so that your body knows what to do without you even thinking. Make sure that you practice at least three hours a week, but it is recommended to practice for an hour (uninterrupted) daily.

The Clarinet generally also requires controlling one’s breath, so it may be a bit challenging for people with breath difficulties (or adverse conditions in the lung) or people who have lower frontal teeth that are irregular, have relatively big gaps or differences in height.

The curriculum contains a set of breathing exercises for controlling the diaphragm especially in for beginners and other ones as the player advances in learning the instrument. You’re strongly advised to use a metronome to help you stay on rhythm (many metronome apps are available for free download over the internet). It is preferable, nonetheless, to practice for an hour (uninterrupted) daily or even more when advised.

Musical instruments are known to be very fragile, you should always handle them with gentle care, and that includes not subjecting them to heat, impact or direct sunlight. As for the clarinet, it should regularly be cleaned using a clean dry cotton cloth dedicated specially to it to protect it from moisture in the breath and it’s also recommended to use a good cork grease for the mouth piece. 

The clarinet is a versatile instrument that can suit many genres of music, it also has a very distinct sound that adds a special flavor to the music it contributes to. However, oriental music needs a special type of clarinet made specially for it.

Yes, Finoon can buy the instrument on your behalf and this rids you of a lot of effort if you’ve just started your musical journey. Finoon can also sell instruments on your behalf, if you’re looking for an upgrade, or provide technical support and guidance for purchasing used and new instruments

There are various brands that suite students and players from different skill levels such as Roy Benson, Suzuki, Yamaha, Buffet.

A Clarinet player needs the following accessories to play:

·         Cork grease: to make it easy to put and adjust the mouth piece without harming the cork

·         Reeds: Reeds have different sizes and it’s preferable to use size 2.5 or 3 (Rico or Vandoren) reeds for beginners. The sizes can vary from one brand to another so it’s advisable to try more than one to be able to reach a size that works for the player

No, that’s not necessary

There are a bunch of tuner apps, which you can download over the Internet and a lot of them are fortunately free. These programs will use the microphone on your computer or mobile phone to listen to the sound of the Clarinet and indicate its tone:

For B Clarinets you can either:

1.      Play the B note on the clarinet: The tuner will read (A). If the tuner indicates that your note is either flat or sharp, adjust your mouthpiece accordingly, roughly one millimeter at a time, and try again. Repeat as needed

2.      Play an A note on a piano and play an B on the clarinet. You should hear the same tone

12 years and above should normally be good, and there is no maximum age.