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Just for Clarinet

Wondering how to care for your instrument? Clarinet Assembly, Disassembly, and Daily Maintenance


Click here for the Clarinet Fingering Chart.


Which reeds to use?

  • Size: new students need to begin playing with a softer reed. The softer the reed, the lower the number. So you might begin with a 2 or 2-1/2. You'll know you need a harder reed if you begin playing consistently flat.
  • Brand: Let's go with Rico La Voz or with Vandoren reeds. (Vandoren reeds are a little more expensive, but they are excellent.)
  • How many: Please, please, please keep at least three reeds at all times and rotate them. (You know, on Monday use the first one, on Tuesday use the second one, and so on.) These reeds should be:
    • in good condition - not chipped, broken, or cracked. Once you try playing with one that is broken, you'll understand why this is important!
    • in the reed case unless you are practicing. Never store them on your mouthpiece.
    • in your instrument case.


Interested in learning more outside of class?

  • Youtube: Check out the Clarinet Mentors channel (Michelle Anderson) through middle and high school. Lots of really great stuff.
  • Private lessons: If you know a local teacher who gives one-on-one clarinet lessons, please let me know. I am looking for teachers to recommend.

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