How to Play Clarinet for Beginners – Clarinet Parts

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Professional wood-wind performer and instructor Ariana Lamon-Anderson breaks down the clarinets parts.

    Ariana Lamen-Anderson

    Ariana Lamon-Anderson is a professional clarinetist and pedagogue. Her performances include solo, band and orchestral throughout the US. Ms. Anderson’s teaching experience include classical, jazz, and popular with children and adults of all ages, including children with special needs. She is on the faculty at the International School of Music (ISM)in Bethesda, where she teaches clarinet to all ages, levels, and styles. With a distinguished faculty of 55 teachers, ISM provides students with a rich music education experience. The ISM faculty’s friendly personalities, insightful approaches, and individually tailored teaching methods have helped students become complete and versatile musicians. ISM provides an atmosphere that is warm and supportive so every student can achieve his/her best.

    Ariana Lamon-Anderson: Hi, I am Ariana Lamon Anderson; I am a professional wood-wind performer and instructor. Today I am at the International School of Music. I will be explaining how to play the clarinet. I have been performing the clarinet for over 13 years now, and teaching it for about 9. Today for my demonstration, you will need a clarinet; you will need a fresh reed, a book and willingness to learn. So, I will be showing you how to put it together, how to breathe, how to play a few notes and eventually how to play Hot Cross Buns. So, lets get started. Now I would like to show you the different parts of the instrument.

    First, we have the mouth piece, next we have the barrel, this is called the upper joint and the lower joint, this is where hands go and at the bottom we have the barrel where the sound is projected from.

    Now the mouth piece actually has the few more parts to it. Mouth piece uses the reed which vibrates against the mouth piece to produce sound and we have the ligature that holds the reed on. So, when your instrument is fully put together, it should look like this.

    And you want to be lined out at this joint here. Next we are going to talk about, how to breathe.