Overview and History of the Clarinet


Johann Christoph Denner invented the clarinet around 1690. The clarinet is a single-reed woodwind instrument with a cylindrical tube. The clarinet evolved from an earlier instrument called the chalumeau, the first true single reed instrument. It is also the foundation of the modern woodwind family which includes both the saxophone and flute. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johannes Brahms brought clarinet to its modern popularity with their concertos featuring this beautiful instrument. Since then the clarinet has gained much popularity and is a featured instrument in all major orchestras. In addition, the clarinet has found its place in dixie-land jazz, big band swing, and modern jazz.

Check out the videos below on how to assemble, care for and play your clarinet!

  • How to assemble the clarinet
  • The different parts of the clarinet
  • How to hold the clarinet
  • Proper playing posture
  • How to form a correct embouchure
  • How to clean your clarinet
  • How to take care of your reeds

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