History and Information about the Bass Clarinet
The modern clarinet was designed by Adolphe Sax (who also invented the saxophone) during the 19th century, although it has existed in some form for almost as long as the soprano (regular) clarinet. The bass clarinet is used extensively in orchestral pieces, as well as in jazz and popular music, including songs by The Beatles and Miles Davis.
When to Start on the Bass Clarinet
You can start bass clarinet lessons as young as age 8, depending on the student’s hand size and lung capacity. Most students begin on the soprano clarinet, and then add or switch over to the bass clarinet. The bass clarinet also requires a certain amount of care, as it must be reassembled every time it is taken out of the case, and disassembled every time it is put back in.
Getting a Bass Clarinet
Please call us so we can recommend a store from which you can purchase or rent a bass clarinet. For very young students, it is recommended to rent instruments for two reasons: 1) they will most likely grow out of instruments quickly and 2) they may lose interest (although we hope they don’t!). However, when you rent a bass clarinet or buy a used one, it is strongly advised that you buy a new mouthpiece. Most places that rent instruments will also provide repair services for their instruments.
Purchasing Books and Supplies for Your Bass Clarinet
Most books and many supplies such as reeds are available online. Give us a call for local store recommendations. Your instructor can tell you which books and supplies are appropriate or needed.
**Feel free to call us at 631-476-8946 with any questions you may have. We can help provide you with additional resources.