Clarinet At COTA

Clarinet At COTA

What is Clarinet?

The clarinet is a type of single-reed woodwind instrument. Like many wind instruments, clarinets are made in several different sizes, each having its own range of pitches. All have a nearly-cylindrical bore and a flared bell, and utilize a mouthpiece with a single reed.


While there may be some deviation from the norm, most professional clarinets are made of wood. Professional clarinets that aren’t made of wood are often regarded as being of inferior quality. The most common wood used to make professional clarinets is grenadilla, followed by African Blackwood.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is clarinet hard to play?

The clarinet is no harder or easier than any other orchestral instrument that a beginner may learn. It is the usual case with an instrument that you blow that arguably the hardest part of learning is getting a sound out in the first place.

Is clarinet good for a beginner?

It is also the most versatile and the easiest to play for students. Beginner clarinets are intended for people who are learning the instrument. These are clarinets made from more durable plastic and hard rubber materials that can withstand possible rough handling by inexperienced learners.

Why is clarinet the best instrument?

Many of our customers choose the clarinet because of its versatility and ease of learning compared to other wind instruments, such as the trumpet or trombone. The clarinet is synonymous with romanticism, dexterity, communication, and expression.

What type of clarinet should I get?

In our experience, the clarinet is one of the most popular woodwind instrument for new players. It is very affordable, very portable and has a wide application across orchestra, windband and jazz ensembles. Many different types of clarinet are available but for new players, we strongly recommend the standard Bb model.

Is clarinet easier than flute?

The flute is less demanding physically, lighter than clarinet, has less complicated fingerings, and it doesn’t have to rely on a reed to produce sound.

Is the clarinet a boy instrument?

Eight instruments that had previously been classified by gender were used in the study. Flute, violin, clarinet and cello are considered feminine, and drums, saxophone, trumpet and trombone are classified as male.

Which is harder clarinet or piano?

I agree that each instrument is equally hard in its own way, but for me, piano is the harder of the two. Even though I have played piano for nearly 7 and half years now, and clarinet only for 5 years, piano is still harder.

How long does it take to learn the clarinet?

Clarinet can be learned relatively quick in comparison (to string instruments, for example). Depending on your ambition and commitment, you can learn enough in two years of lessons with regular practice (about half an hour to an hour a day) to play in a beginner’s orchestra or band.

How long do reeds last for a clarinet?

A good rule of thumb is you should replace your reed every 2-4 weeks, no matter how often you’re playing your instrument. You may want to replace your reeds more frequently if you’re practicing several hours each day. Some reeds also may not last as long as others, every reed plays slightly differently.

What is the cheapest instrument?

The Flute. The most economical woodwind instrument is the flute and usually is also pointed as the cheapest you would find in a typical band ensemble. Similar to other of its family instruments the flute is a great choice because it doesn’t take up a lot of space and it’s fairly easy to learn to play.

What is the difference between A and B flat clarinet?

In short, the A clarinet is intended for pieces with sharp notes, while the B♭ clarinet is intended for pieces with flat notes.

Are wood clarinets better than plastic?

This wood produces a much darker and richer sound than plastic clarinets. Most wood clarinets come with additional benefits, such as more precise tuning, adjustable thumb rests, and other upgrades. Because wood is sensitive to temperature and humidity, wood clarinets require greater upkeep than plastic clarinets.

Does the age of a clarinet matter?

Clarinets seem like relatively simple and solid instruments, and many people would believe that with proper maintenance, a clarinet can last forever. This is not true, although quality instruments may last for decades. Like many instruments, clarinets wear out over time.

How many notes are on a clarinet?

A clarinet must have holes and keys for nineteen notes, a chromatic octave and a half from bottom E to B♭, in its lowest register to play the chromatic scale. This overblowing behavior explains the clarinet’s great range and complex fingering system.

Is clarinet a woodwind instrument?

The woodwind family of instruments includes, from the highest sounding instruments to the lowest, the piccolo, flute, oboe, English horn, clarinet, E-flat clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon and contrabassoon.