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Regarding Clarinet

Characteristics and origin

The clarinet is a woodwind instrument made of wood called granadilla. The origin is said to have been an ethnic instrument in the Arab region, and it is believed to have evolved from a French old instrument called "charmyo" in Europe in the Middle Ages. The figure is vertical and evokes a recorder. The charmyo had few keys and the range was never wide. After that, improvements such as increasing the number of keys were added, making it possible to play the current wide range. At that time, it is said that it was named "clarinet" because the tone is similar to the small trumpet "clarino" that can produce high-pitched sound.

The reed of the clarinet attaches to the mouthpiece and it’s held in place with a device called a ligature. Then, assemble the barrel, upper pipe, lower pipe and bell. The upper and lower pipes are fitted with a key or ring key. The upper pipe is mainly operated with the left hand and the lower pipe with the right. The ring key is interlocked and can close multiple holes at the same time. The way of holding is the same as the recorder. Barrels are also called “barrels”, and the level of the sound changes by plugging the holes. Adjustment of several millimeters becomes very important.

The reeds used are processed natural wood, and there are no two reeds exactly the same. Reeds are consumables and should be replaced regularly. Find the reed that suits you.

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