The clarinet is a reed wind intrument that is made out of plastic or wood. Usually, student clarinets are made out of plastic because wooden ones are really expensive. The clarinet is distantly related to the oboe in looks, so has a black body with sliver keys. It has several alternate fingerings, and a really cheap, single reed, as opposed to the expensive double reed of the oboe.
To the BeginnerEdit
Yes, you are going to squeak at first. But before I get into all the technical stuff, let me describe what you should be doing in terms of eumachoure: Bite on your bottom lip. This is how you'll be holding the ligature + reed in your mouth. You'll want to bite about a little less than halfway down the mouth piece. If you squeak, then there are a few reasons for this: One, you have a new, stiff reed; two, you're biting to softly; or three, you're biting in the wrong place. WARNING! If you bite too hard, then there will be no sound.
WARNING!!! NEVER submerge your instrument in water! The pads that make the holes airtight will be wrecked! And always clean out your clarinet with a swab/weighted rag. This applies to all wind instrument!
True or FalseEdit
The clarinet has a huge range: True. While many beginners, when they get up high, will sound like they shouldn't be up there, the clarinet has easily a three octave range.