If you’re interested in taking up a musical instrument, here are 8 reasons why you should learn the Clarinet.
Like with all musical instruments, playing the Clarinet can have a significant positive impact on your mental and physical well being. From reducing stress, to improving dexterity and coordination, the benefits of playing a musical instrument are well known.
The Clarinet possesses a nuanced tone which can be associated with love, communication and confidence.
For the purposes of this article, we’re mainly referring to the Bb Clarinet, although most of these reasons apply to other members of the Clarinet family.
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You can play many styles and genres of music on the Clarinet. It’s particularly well suited to Jazz & Orchestral. The Clarinet is seen in most orchestras as part of the Woodwind section.
The Clarinets diversity in sound allows it to sit comfortably in a Jazz Band, a Classical Wind Ensemble, a traditional Orchestra or common varieties of Folk Music.
Like all Woodwind instruments, you are free to express yourself on the Clarinet and can have a lot of fun improvising, either by yourself or with others, just remember it’s in the key of Bb!
Student Clarinets are widely available to purchase at affordable prices. Brands like Buffet, Yamaha & Jupiter offer student models which sound good and are comfortable to play. Student Clarinets are also widely available to rent for a small monthly fee, making it easier to start learning the instrument without a large financial commitment.
If you think the Clarinet might be for you (or your child), then you’ve chosen a good starting instrument that won’t break the bank. Like with every instrument, you can find expensive and exquisite models which are best suited for advanced/professional players, but don’t let this put you off.
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The Clarinet has a warm and expressive tone and is capable of a wide range of sound. Here are some examples of its versatility across multiple genres:
Clarinets are disassembled into five main parts, the barrel, the top joint, the bottom joint, the bell & the mouthpiece. When disassembled, the Clarinet is stored in a small case which can fit in most bags or backpacks. This makes it ideal as a student instrument for children to take to and from lessons or school.
The Clarinet is the ideal Woodwind instrument for beginners. It’s affordable for students, easier to play than most of its cousins and has a versatile sound that works across a wide range of genres.
Learning a new instrument can be quite daunting, especially if you’ve never done anything music related before. Not all instruments are made equal, some are much harder to learn than others (Bagpipes anyone?), the Clarinet is a great starting point and serves as a gateway to many other instruments.
The transferable skills learnt from the Clarinet mean you can transition fairly easily to other instruments in the Woodwind family. A common path is to start with the Clarinet and move onto the Saxophone. Although the Saxophone is different, many principles of play are the same and the skills learnt on the Clarinet, will give you a good base point for the Saxophone.
Although the Clarinet is an accessible member of the Woodwind family, like all instruments, it requires a degree of patience, perseverance and practice in order to get the most out of it.
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Ever noticed how a Clarinet player moves their fingers with speed & precision?
All Woodwind instruments require a good level of hand-eye coordination and dexterity. A variety of hand positions and precise finger movements are required to get the best out of the instrument.
As an active Clarinet player, you’ll develop your coordination and fine motor skills.
Being a Woodwind instrument, you’ll be giving your lungs a good workout every time you play as well!
All orchestras have a Woodwind section and within this you will find multiple Clarinets. School bands may be more popular in North America, but they do exist in the UK and they are rarely seen without Woodwind instruments such as the Clarinet.
The Clarinets popularity means you will likely find a good level of support as a student and options for orchestras and bands to join as you develop your playing ability.
The Clarinet can open the door to a wide range of instruments in the Woodwind family, such as the ever popular Saxophone. It may not be plain sailing, but you’ll be able to transfer many of the skills you’ve learnt with the Clarinet over to other Woodwind instruments.
With similar principles over finger placement, breathing and the use of reeds, you’ll feel a lot happier starting on the Saxophone after some time with the Clarinet.
Standard skills such as instrument maintenance & care are also transferable, something which may be important if you’re moving up to a considerably more expensive instrument.
There are probably more than 8 reasons to learn the clarinet, but we’ll let you discover those for yourselves if this article has piqued your interest in the instrument.
The Clarinet is well suited to play alongside the ever evolving music scene with its unique depth & tone. From Orchestras to Folk music, the Clarinet has a versatile and pleasing sound with which the player can express themselves.
Above are just some of the reasons you should embark on learning the Clarinet and we hope you’ve found some inspiration in what we’ve written.
If you’re interested in taking up the Clarinet, we have a range of student friendly Clarinets available to rent, from brands such as Buffet, Yamaha & Jupiter, with local personal delivery options in London.
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