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What is a Clarinet?

The clarinet is a musical instrument in the woodwind family.  Clarinets have a strident tone similar to that of a trumpet, having a cylindrical bore, and uses a single reed.  The clarinet was invented in Germany by Johann Christoph Denner around the turn of the 18th century. There have been several different key versions and sizes of the clarinet since.  Over time though, additional keywork and airtight pads were added to improve tone and playability. The most popular clarinet today is the Bb version. 

Clarinets were soon accepted into orchestra in the late 1700’s. Those late 18th century models had a mellower tone than the originals. Mozart liked the sound of the clarinet (he considered its tone the closest in quality to the human voice) and wrote much music for it and by the time of Beethoven, the clarinet became a standard fixture in the orchestra of the day. 

Today, the clarinet is used in band, symphony orchestras and jazz as a solo instrument.  In bands, clarinets are a particularly central part of the instrumentation, occupying the same space in bands that the strings do in orchestras. Bands usually include several B♭ clarinets, divided into sections each consisting of two or three clarinetists playing the same part. The clarinet was also a central instrument in early jazz starting in the 1910s and remaining popular in the United States through the big band era into the 1940s and today.  Famous clarinets such as swing clarinetists Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Woody Herman, Buddy DeFranco and Dixieland players such as Pete Fountain and even movie maker, Woody Allen keep the instrument popular even today.

Source: “Clarinet.” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.

Clarinet Teachers

Below is a list of teachers that teach the Clarinet at the Fabulous School of Music. Click on a profile to learn more.

Daniel Nichols

Instruments: Brass, Woodwinds, Strings, Piano and Rock Ensemble