Are you stuck thinking about where to get a clarinet? No problem! Come on in, shop online and check out our featured products! Clarinets comprise a family of instruments of differing size and pitches. The clarinet family is the largest of the woodwind family, with more than a dozen types, ranging from the BB♭ contrabase to the A ♭ soprano. Of these, many are rare or obsolete, and music written for them is usually played by the common types. The unmodified word clarinet usually refers to the B♭ sprano clarinet, by far the most popular variety.
In today’s music, the clarinet is most commonly used in jazz and classical ensembles, in chamber groups, and as a solo instrument.
Some of the different types of clarinet include:
- Clarinet d’amour
- Piccolo clarinet (A ♭ clarinet)
The cylindrical bore is primarily responsible for the distinctive timbre of the clarinet, which varies between its three main registers, known as the chalumeau, clarion, and altissimo. The tone quality can vary greatly with the musician, the music, the instrument, the mouthpiece, and the reed. The differences in instruments and geographical isolation of players in different countries led to the development, from the last part of the 18th century onwards, of several different schools of clarinet playing. The most prominent were the German/Viennese traditions and the French school. The latter was centered on the clarinetists of the Conservatoire de Paris. The proliferation of recorded music has made examples of different styles of clarinet playing available. The modern clarinetist has a diverse palette of “acceptable” tone qualities to choose from. The A clarinet and B♭ clarinet have nearly the same bore, and use the same mouthpiece. Orchestral players using the A and B♭ instruments in the same concert could use the same mouthpiece (and often the same barrel) for both.
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