Gills Music

5887 Lone Tree Way, Antioch, California 94531 * (925) 757-2323 

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All About The Clarinet


The modern wooden clarinet with a full chromatic scale has been around since the mid 1800's, but a primitive version was originally invented by Johann Denner in 1690. Today's "student" clarinets which are relatively easy to blow are made of a durable black composite resin plastic with shiny nickle-silver keys. The top of the clarinet has a mouthpiece that you attach a thin wooden reed to. To make a sound you put your mouth around the mouthpiece and blow.

The clarinet has enjoyed tremendous popularity over the years because it has a playful tone that many people really enjoy and the clarinet very often plays the lead melody parts in band and orchestral compositions. In fact, because of it's totally fun tone you will sometimes hear the sound of a clarinet being played in cartoons!

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