Meri’s Musical Musings

The 10 best things about the clarinet

Posted on: June 6, 2014


  1. That you can play full octave scales in the lowest register in several keys because the lowest register spans nearly 1 1/2 octaves before you have to use the register key for the next register

  2. The full range of the clarinet is approximately 3 1/2 octaves, at least an octave more than many other instruments, and most of it is quite useable to write music in

  3. The Mozart Clarinet Concerto! Or any other Mozart work that includes the clarinet outside of symphonies.

  4. That you’ll get some nights off if you play in an orchestra for concerts, especially if the orchestra does some or a lot of music that does not have clarinets

  5. That it is used not only in classical music, but early jazz and ethnic music of several countries.

  6. The fact that a professional model clarinet costs much less than a top of the line instrument for other woodwinds, or especially strings. A new professional model clarinet can be had for under $2500, while flutists can spend 10K or more, and let’s not even talk violins, which can run hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars.

  7. All the cool accesories you can get, like a reed water holder

  8. You rarely have to play in extremely difficult keys if you have at least a set of B flat and A clarinets, except for brief passages in orchestral, chamber, and solo music.

  9. That it’s probably the most commonly used solo instrument for TV commercials and shows outside of rock instruments and vocals.

  10. That most people can name at least one famous clarinet player, usually Benny Goodman.


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