The clarinet is from the woodwind family of instruments. It is a single reed instrument made of wood.
It is a long cylindrical tube with keys and holes. It can be split into 3 main sections plus the barrel and mouthpiece. A ligature is used to keep the reed in place.
The clarinet is an extremely versatile instrument, used in the classical repertoire as in concert bands, marching bands, klezmer, jazz, and other styles.
It’s a compact liquorice stick that never fails to impress. It’s a great choice for young woodwind players, with the option to progress to the big bass clarinet or a double reed instrument down the track.
Age of the clarinet
The clarinet is a relatively new instrument. It was thought to have been invented in Germany around 1700
Most early clarinets were made of boxwood or ebony — Today, grenadilla is now the most commonly used material for clarinet making.
Who plays the clarinet?
A person who plays the clarinet is called a clarinettist
Types of clarinets
Clarinets come in different sizes and pitches. The Bb and A soprano clarinets are the most common and popular. You will also see big Bass Clarinets in most orchestras and concert bands.
The sounds of the Clarinet
From Gershwin’s Rhapsody in blue to Mozart’s clarinet concerto, the clarinet has it all. Range, endurance and versatility.
Each register on the clarinet has its own name!
Low: Chalulmeau, Middle: Clarion register, High: Altissimo register
Renting a clarinet from Presto Instruments is very easy! The expense of purchasing your own instrument can be quite daunting which is why renting a clarinet from us can give you the chance to try it out without the commitment of purchasing your own instrument.
Once you complete the rental process, your clarinet will be delivered direct to your door. Our beautifully presented, quality instruments are checked over and professionally cleaned so that you can begin your journey of learning the clarinet with complete confidence.
Please click the “rent a clarinet” button below for pricing and registration.
Here are some videos that will help you get ready before your first clarinet lesson.
How to correctly assemble your clarinet
How to make a sound on the clarinet
Mozart clarinet concerto Sabine Mayer
If there are any other tutorial videos that you would like to see, please send us a message via the contact us page and we will do our best to find or produce a video to add here.