The clarinet is incredibly versatile and is played in a wide range of genres. The clarinets fingering system makes it the ideal instrument for anyone interested in all the woodwind instruments. The lower register has a similar fingering system to the bassoon and the upper to the flute, saxophone, and oboe. The clarinet has a very distinct beautiful tone. It also has the ability to play everything from very very quiet to super loud! A beginner clarinet player usually can play a note within the first minutes of a lesson. Making a sound with the clarinet is easier than making a sound with many other wind instruments.
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Here he demonstrates a bigger, lower clarinet called the bass clarinet.
The clarinet has one reed. The reed is made of bamboo or plastic. The reed is attached to the mouthpiece with a clamp called a ligature, which is usually made out of metal. Blowing through the mouthpiece makes the reed vibrate, and therefore makes the noise. The body of the clarinet is a cylindrical tube with holes. The holes are covered by the fingers to make musical notes. There are also buttons pressed by the fingers which allow pads over holes to open or close so all notes of the chromatic scale can be played.