History and Information about the Clarinet
The modern clarinet was invented by Johann Christoph Denner towards the beginning of the 18th century, although it was not incorporated into the traditional symphony orchestra until the middle of the century. There are many different variations of this versatile woodwind instrument, although the most popular are the soprano, bass, and sopranino (E-flat). When you take clarinet lessons, you will be able to learn from a large repertoire of classical, jazz, and folk (including Klezmer) music.
When to Start on the Clarinet
You can start clarinet lessons as young as age 7, depending on the student’s hand size and lung capacity. Most students begin on the soprano B-flat clarinet, and then later branch out into other varieties. The 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 Clarinet
Please call us so we can recommend a store from which you can purchase or rent a 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 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 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.