Beginning Clarinet

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Let's Begin!

1 Introduction 02:25

2 Where do I find a Clarinet? 22:11

Many beginning students also have beginning parents in the world of music. For that reason, this video is designed to equip both the parent and student with the knowledge to make a great choice in acquiring your clarinet as well as understanding the need for the accessories. For your convenience, I have included a brochure for you which contains all of the questions to ask your local music salesperson and a list of the items you will need for success.

3 How do I put my clarinet together? 16:19

Picture of How do I put my clarinet together?

This video will show you the proper steps in assembling the clarinet while learning the names of each part. We will learn how to connect/disconnect the parts without damaging the instrument. At the conclusion of this lesson you will be able to demonstrate or answer the following questions:

What do you look for on the outside of the clarinet case so you do not open the case upside down?

How many main sections does the clarinet have?

What are the names for each section of the clarinet?

To help in the assembly process, what do you use on each tenon joint or corked area?

Demonstrate how to put the clarinet together correctly.

What are some key features that your instrument is assembled correctly?

4 How do I assemble the mouthpiece and reed? 14:41

Picture of How do I assemble the mouthpiece and reed?

During this video I will discuss the full assembly of the mouthpiece which includes the placement of the reed. At the conclusion of this lesson you will be able to answer the following questions:

What is the purpose of the mouthpiece cap?

What is the purpose of the ligature?

What part of the reed breaks very easily?

What are the two main parts of the mouthpiece facing?

Demonstrate how to assemble the mouthpiece with the reed and ligature.

5 Your First Sound! Part 1 09:47

Since I cannot be with you in person, this video will show you how to prepare your mouthpiece for a self evaluation. This lesson will ensure that your chances of success are high in producing your first sound. With a few common household items, I will show you how to mark your mouthpiece and prepare your reed for sound production. Part 2 will pick up where Part 1 concludes. Items you will need for this lesson include:

Scissors

Ruler

Pencil

Index Card

Tape (Masking, Scotch, Painter's or even Stickers)

Coffee Cup (Filled 3/4 with room temperature tap water)

Large Mirror (Bathroom size or similar)

6 Your First Sound! Part 2 18:14

Picture of Your First Sound! Part 2

During this lesson you will learn about the correct air speed needed to produce your sound, the embouchure required to transfer your air from your lungs into the mouthpiece, and finally the mouthpiece angle placement neccessary to produce your sound. You will also learn about some common reasons why you may not be producing your first sound.

   

7 Cleaning & Maintenance 16:39

Cleaning a clarinet is not difficult but there are some do's and don'ts in how the clarinet is cleaned. I will discuss the everyday requirements to the once and while cleaning necessary to keep your instrument in top shape. At the conclusion of this lesson you will be able to answer the following questions:

How often should you clean your clarinet using a swab?

When using your clarinet swab, which side of the clarinet is recommended to begin with?

What item is recommneded to clean the build up on the tenon joints?

What item is recommended to clean the build up on the tone holes and keys?

What chemicals should you avoid when cleaning your mouthpiece?

When cleaning your mouthpiece, is it safe to fully submerge it in any liquid?

What is the best way to prevent build up on your mouthpiece and instrument?

Demonstrate how to swab the clarinet correctly.

You're Ready to Play!

8 Part 1 - Rhythm Studies #1 26:46

Please print Rhythm Studies #1. We will discuss how to count Whole Notes / Whole Rests, label musical symbols and discuss the meaning of the time signature. At the end of this lesson you will be able to answer the following questions:

Where is the Time Signature or Meter located?

What is the meaning of each number for the Time Signature or Meter? 

What is a Whole Note & Whole Rest?

How are Whole Notes and Whole Rests counted in 4/4 or Common Time?

What is a bar line?

What is a measure?

Where is a double line located?

What does a double bar line mean?

What device should you use to maintain a steady beat when you practice?

When counting rhtyhm, you always begin a measure with what number?

Demonstrate Lines 1-3

9 Preparing for each lesson from this point on 08:55

This lesson is devoted to your preparations before you begin each lesson from #10 through the end of the course. At the conclusion of this lesson you will be able to answer the following questions:

What three items do you need to set up before you begin each lesson?

How do you determine if a chair is the correct size for you?

What is one thing you can do to help your posture?

What letter(s) should your hand form to hold the clarinet correctly?

What part of your body can you use as a general guide to determine the correct instrument angle?

Which thumb is placed under the thumb rest and what part of your thumb is used?

10 Part 1 - Your First 5 Notes pg. 1 19:28

Please print "You're Ready To Play!" pg. 1 and the Clarinet Fingering Chart. After a quick review of the rhythm you learned from part 1 of the Rhythm Studies 1 (Line 1), you will learn how to combine that rhythm with the notes G & F.

What is the other name for the Treble Clef?

What is a staff?

What are the letter names for the 5 lines?

What is the saying commonly used to remember the 5 Lines?

What are the letter names for the 4 spaces?

How do you play a second line G?

How do you play a first space F?

11 Part 2 - Rhythm Studies #1 19:04

This lesson will begin with a review of lines 2-3 and finish with lines 4-5. At the conclusion of this lesson you will be able to perform lines 2-5 using a default note (G) while maintaining a steady beat. You will also be able to answer the following questions:

What is a default note?

Common Time is the same as what Time Signature?

Demonstrate Lines 2-5

12 Part 2 - Your First 5 Notes pg. 1 16:35

After a review of line 3, you will learn how to play the note E and D (lines 4-6). This lesson will conclude with a final performance review (Line 7) of the notes G, F, E, and D.  

13 Part 3 - Rhythm Studies #1 18:54

This lesson will start with a review of line 5 and then proceed with lines 6-8 to complete your training for whole notes and whole rests. At the conclusion of this lesson you should be able to:

Demonstrate Lines 5-8

14 Part 1 - Your First 5 Notes pg. 2 15:02

Please print "You're Ready to Play Your First Five Notes" pg. 2 -  Utilizing  a familiar rhythm, you will learn how to play middle C. Using whole notes and the same familiar rhythm, you will be challenged to play your first five notes in random order. At the conclusion of this lesson, you will be able to answer the following question:

 

What is a ledger line?

How do you play low C (1ledger line below the staff)?

15 Part 2 - Your First 5 Notes pg. 2 12:50

Consistency is the key. This lesson continues to train your eyes to recognize your first five notes.

16 Part 1 - Rhythm Studies #2 17:29

Please print out Rhythm Studies #2. We will focus on learning how to count half notes and half rests. At the end of this lesson you should be able to answer the following questions:

What is a half note or half rest?

How many counts does a half note or half rest receive?

17 Part 1 - Your First 5 Notes pg. 3 19:19

Please print "You're Ready to Play Your First 5 Notes" pg. 3 - Lines 1-4 simply give you extra practice to provide you with all of the confidence needed before moving on to half notes, half rests, and a new time signature. You will also learn about a new musical term called the fermata. At the conclusion of this lesson you will be able to answer the following questions:

What does a fermata do to a note?

What should you do when performing a fermata with a conductor?

18 Part 2 - Rhythm Studies #2 17:25

This video picks up where we left off from Part 1. We will continue learning how to count half notes and half rests. We will also learn how to count using the 2/4 time signature. At the end of this lesson you will be able to demonstrate:

Stability in counting half notes and half rests.

Counting rhythms using the 2/4 meter.

19 Part 2 - Your First 5 Notes pg. 3 16:39

Now that you understand how to count whole notes, half notes, and their corresponding rests, it's time to use your first five notes with these rhythms to train you further in reading music notation.

20 Part 3 - Rhythm Studies #2 15:24

This lesson continues where Part 2 concluded.

21 Part 1 - Your First Five Notes pg. 4 20:16

Please print "You're Ready to Play!" pg. 4. You have arrived at the end of this section and it is time to review everything up to this stage. At this point, you should be able to perform / demonstrate:

Your First 5 Notes

All concepts from Rhythm Studies #1 and #2

Perform all lines from "You're Ready to Play! pg.4

22 Part 2 - Your First Five Notes pg. 4 22:38

This lesson continues where Part 1 concluded.

It's Time to Move Faster

23 Articulation 22:43

Articulation is the final clarinet fundamental you need to learn about. I will show and give you practice tools to help you on your way to mastering this topic. At the end of this lesson you will be able to :

Recognize the part of the reed which the tongue is placed.

Review correct tongue position requird for articulation.

Demonstrate a basic articulation.

Learn or recognize the characteristics of poor articulation.

Apply your new skill to pgs. 1-4 of "You're ready to Play!"

Be able to demonstrate a slur.

24 Part 1 - Rhythm Studies #3 23:04

Please print Rhythm Studies #3. At the conclusion of this 3 part lesson, you will be able to answer the following questions:

How many counts does a quarter note recieve?

How many counts does a quarter rest recieve?

Demonstrate how to count quarter notes and quater rests to a steady beat.

Demonstrate how to play quarter notes and quarter rests to a steady beat using articulation.

25 Part 1 - It's Time To Move Faster pg. 1 19:22

Please print "It's Time to Move Faster" pg. 1. In this video you will learn to perform quarter notes and quarter rests using your first five notes. We will also focus on your new acquired articulation skill while remaining consistent with past knowledge. At the end of this lesson you will be able to play 4 training melodies including:

Stepping Down

SeeSaw

Home Base

Skipping Around

26 Part 2 - Rhythm Studies #3 16:46

Let's continue your journey into the world of Quarter Notes and Quarter Rests.

27 Part 2 - It's Time To Move Faster pg. 1 16:35

At the conclusion of this lesson you will be able to answer the following questions:

What is a phrase?

What is a Breath Mark?

What one thing can you do to increase your musicianship?

Demonstrate the melody Lightly Row.

28 Part 3 - Rhythm Studies #3 13:40

Your rhythmic studies of Quarter Notes and Quarter Rests has come to an end for this lesson.

29 Part 3 - It's Time To Move Faster pg. 1 25:22

At the conclusion of this lesson you will be able to demonstrate or answer one of the following questions:

Demonstrate the melody Hot Cross Buns

Demonstrate the melody Mary Had a Little Lamb

What does a repeat sign look like?

When using the repeat, where do you return to play in the music?

Demonstrate the melody Good King Wenceslas

31 Part 1 - It's Time to Move Faster pg. 2 18:08

Please print "It's Time to Move Faster" pg. 2. At the conclusion of this lesson you will be able to answer or demonstrate the following questions:

How do you play the note A (second space)?

Demonstrate correct tonguing and sluring.

Demonstrate the song Old MacDonald

Demonstrate the song London Bridge

32 Part 1 - Rhythm Studies #4 11:41

Please print Rhythm Studies #4. At the conclusion of this lesson (Part 1 & Part 2) you will be able to confidently perform a review of the follwing:

Whole Notes

Whole Rests

Half Notes

Half Rests

Quarter Notes

Quarter Rests

4/4 Time

Common Time

2/4 Time

33 Part 2 - It's Time to Move Faster pg. 2 19:42

At the conclusion of this lesson you will be able to answer or demonstrate the following questions:

Where is a Key Signature located?

How does a Key Signture effect a song?

What does a flat look like?

What does a flat do to a note?

Demonstrate the melody Bingo.

34 Part 2 - Rhythm Studies #4 09:54

Let's finish reviewing all of the rhythms you have learned so far.

35 Part 3 - It's Time To Move Faster pg. 2 13:44

At the conclusion of this lesson you will be able to:

Demonstrate the melody Jingle Bells

The Finish Line

36 Part 1 - Rhythm Studies #5 18:52

Please print Rhythm Studies #5. At the conclusion of this lesson you will be able to answer or demonstrate the following questions:

What does a beam look like?

What number does a single beam represent?

Everytime a beam is added, what happens to the value of the notes?

What single note do two eighth notes equal?

How do you count eighth notes in 4/4 or Common Time?

Demonstrate Lines 1-3.

37 Part 2 - Rhythm Studies #5 19:42

At the conclusion of this lesson you should be able to:

Demonstrate Lines 3-7

38 Part 1 - Melodies with Eighth Notes 17:39

Please print "Melodies with Eighth Notes" pg. 1. At the conclusion of this lesson you will be able to:

Demonstrate William Tell and Boil Them Cabbage Down.

39 Part 3 - Rhythm Studies #5 13:06

At the conclusion of this lesson you should be able to:

Demonstrate Lines 7-9

40 Part 2 - Melodies with Eighth Notes 12:51

At the conclusion of this lesson you will be able to perform the melody for We Wish You a Merry Christmas and be able to answer the following questions:

How do you count 3/4 time?

What is an anacrusis or pick-up note?

What is an incomplete measure?

Demonstrate We Wish You a Merry Christmas

41 Part 3 - Melodies with Eighth Notes 15:48

At the conclusion of this lesson you will be able to perform the melody for Yankee Doodle and be able to answer the following question:

What two practice patterns can help you learn a song quickly?

Demonstrate Yankee Doodle

42 Part 4 - Melodies with Eighth Notes 15:18

After this lesson you will be able to perform the melody for Frere Jacques and be able to answer the following questions:

Describe how a round works?

How do you play a low G (2 ledger lines below the staff)?

Demonstrate Frere Jacques

43 Part 5 - Melodies with Eighth Notes 15:22

After taking this lesson, you will be able to perform the melody for Angels We Have Heard on High and be able to answer the following questions:

How does the 1st and 2nd ending work?

Demonstrate Angels We Have Heard on High

The End

44 Part 1 - Scales 21:31

Please print the Bb, Eb, F, and Chromatic Scale page. At the conclusion of this lesson you will be able to answer the following questions:

How do you play low F (3 ledger lines below the staff)?

How do you play low A (2 ledger lines below the staff)?

How do you play low Bb (1 ledger line below the staff)?

What is an enharmonic spelling?

Which note numbers of the scale make up the arpeggio?

What is an octave?

Demonstrate the Eb Concert / F Major scale.

45 Part 2 - Scales 17:19

At the conclusion of this lesson you will be able to answer the following questions:

How do you play a first space F#?

How do you play a low B natural (1 ledger line below the staff)?

Demonstrate the difference between low B natural and low Bb (B-flat)

Demonstrate the F Concert / G Major Scale

46 Part 3 - Scales & The Break 19:14

After taking this lesson you will be able to answer the following questions:

What two or three notes make up the break?

What key do you need to press to go over the break?

Which finger(s) are typically the culprit for not allowing you to play a third line B natural?

Demonstrate the Bb Concert / C Major Scale

47 Chromatic Scale 27:14

The chromatic scale not only helps to develop your technique but also helps you to learn all the notes that are playable for your instrument. At the conclusion of this lesson you will be able to answer the following questions:

How do you play low E (3 ledger lines below the staff)?

How do you play low F# (3 ledger lines below the staff)?

How do you play low G# (2 ledger lines below the staff)?

How do you play the alternate B natural (1 ledger line below the staff)?

What utensil is used to describe the alternate B natural look?

What part of your right hand ring finger should play the alternate B natural?

How do you play D# located on the bottom line of the staff?

What part of your right hand index finger should play the T4 or trill key for the note D#?

Demonstrate the Chromatic Scale

Course Overview

This course is equivalent to 1-1.5  years of public middle school band instruction. Although ensemble skills are not discussed, this course prepares you to apply these skills in a beginning ensemble setting when available.

This course includes:

  • 5 Sections
  • 47 video lessons covering the following topics:
    • Course Requirements
    • Clarinet Assembly
    • Mouthpiece & Reed Assembly 
    • How to make a sound
    • Hand Positions
    • Body Posture
    • Air Usage
    • Articulation
    • Cleaning & Minor Repairs
    • Counting Rhythm
    • Reading Notes in Treble Clef
    • 14 Melodies
    • 3 Major Scales   (1 Octave)
    • 1 Chromatic Scale (1 Octave)
    • Music vocabulary
    • 12+ hours of step by step instructions
    • 15 Supporting documents
    • 10 Quizzes

Target Audience

This course is designed for a beginning clarinet student in grades 5-7 with little to no experience. However, it can also be used to teach a beginning student at any age.

Course Requirements

    • Bb (B-flat) Clarinet
    • Pencil
    • 3 Reeds (strength 2-2.5 or soft – medium soft)
    • Cork Grease
    • Reed Holder
    • Cleaning Swab
    • Music Stand
    • Metronome (optional)
    • Tuner (optional)
    • Coffee cup

Course topics

  • Section 1 - Let’s Begin
    • Where do I find a clarinet?
    • How do I put my clarinet together?
    • How do I assemble the mouthpiece and reed?
    • Your first sound Part 1 (mouthpiece & barrel only)
    • Your first sound Part 2 (mouthpiece & barrel only)
    • Cleaning & Maintenance

  • Section 2 - You’re ready to play!
    • Part 1 - Rhythm Studies #1              (Whole Notes and Whole Rests)
    • Preparing for each lesson                 (Hand positions, Posture, Instrument angle)
    • Part 1 - Your First 5 Notes pg. 1      (Notes G & F)
    • Part 2 - Rhythm Studies #1
    • Part 2 - Your First 5 Notes pg. 1      (Notes G,F,E, & D)
    • Part 3 - Rhythm Studies #1
    • Part 1 -Your First 5 Notes pg. 2       (Notes G, F, E, D, & C)
    • Part 2 -Your First 5 Notes pg. 2
    • Part 1 - Rhythm Studies #2              (Half Notes & Half Rests)
    • Part 1 -Your First 5 Notes pg. 3
    • Part 2 - Rhythm Studies #2
    • Part 2 -Your First 5 Notes pg. 3
    • Part 3 - Rhythm Studies #2
    • Part 1 - Your First Five Notes pg. 4     (Section 2 Review)
    • Part 2 - Your First Five Notes pg. 4

  • Section 3 – It’s time to move faster!
    • Articulation
    • Part 1 - Rhythm Studies #3               (Quarter Notes & Quarter Rests)
    • Part 1 - It's Time To Move Faster pg. 1         
    • Part 2 - Rhythm Studies #3
    • Part 2 - It's Time To Move Faster pg. 1         
    • Part 3 - Rhythm Studies #3
    • Part 3 - It's Time To Move Faster pg. 1         
    • Part 1 - It's Time to Move Faster pg. 2
    • Part 1 - Rhythm Studies #4
    • Part 2 - It's Time to Move Faster pg. 2
    • Part 2 - Rhythm Studies #4
    • Part 3 - It's Time To Move Faster pg. 2

Section 4 - The Finish Line

    • Part 1 - Rhythm Studies #5               (Eighth Notes)
    • Part 2 - Rhythm Studies #5
    • Part 1 - Melodies with Eighth Notes
    • Part 3 - Rhythm Studies #5
    • Part 2 - Melodies with Eighth Notes
    • Part 3 - Melodies with Eighth Notes
    • Part 4 - Melodies with Eighth Notes
    • Part 5 - Melodies with Eighth Notes

Section 5 - The End

    • Part 1 – Scales                                    (Eb Concert / F major)
    • Part 2 – Scales                                    (F Concert / G major)
    • Part 3 - Scales & The Break               (Bb Concert / C Major)
    • Chromatic Scale                                 (1 Octave)

 

  • Teacher: Jason
  • Areas of expertise: Music Education & Clarinet Performance
  • Education: M.M. DePaul University B.M. University of South Florida B.S. University of South Florida
  • Interests: Cooking, Traveling, Water Slides and Roller Coasters.
  • Skills: Walt Disney World Performer, Disney Performing Arts Teaching Artist. 15 years MS/HS Band Director.
  • Associations: Villages Philharmonic Orchestra, American Federation of Musicians (Local 389)
  • Issues I care about: Family, Student Achievement, and Faith

With my 25+ years of educational and professional clarinet experience, your brain is guaranteed to be fed the musical vitamins it craves! Let me help you learn how to play the clarinet so you can spread the joy and magic of music to everyone!

Test Preparation Document

Test Preparation Document

Digital Quizzes and Tests Answer Keys Document

Digital Quizzes and Tests Answer Keys Document

What do I need for this Course? / I want to Play the Clarinet! Helpful Information

Many beginning students also have beginning parents in the world of music. For that reason, this video is designed to equip both the parent and student with the knowledge to make a great choice in acquiring your clarinet as well as understanding the need for the accessories. For your convenience, I have included a brochure for you which contains all of the questions to ask your local music salesperson and a list of the items you will need for success.

Quiz 1 - Answers (How do I put my Clarinet together?)

6 Questions - (1-5) Simple answers. Question 6 is a demonstration. Have your child demonstrate how to put the clarinet together correctly.

Quiz 2 - Answers (How do I assemble the Mouthpiece and Reed?)

5 Questions - (1-4) Simple answers. Question 5 is a demonstration. Have your child demonstrate how to assemble the mouthpiece with the reed and ligature.

Quiz 3 - Answers (Cleaning and Maintenance)

8 Questions - (1-7) Simple answers. Question 8 is a demonstration. Have your child demonstrate how to use the clarinet swab correctly.

Quiz 4 - Answers (Rhythm Studies #1)

13 Questions - (1-7, 12 & 13) Simple answers. For questions 8-11 the student will need to refer to a rhythm sheet document that I attached to the lesson. In addition, have your child demonstrate how to count and clap at least 3 lines of your choice (1-8) from their rhythm studies #1 page which was attached to the Rhythm Studies #1 Part 1 lesson.

Quiz 5 - Answers (Rhythm Studies #2)

5 Questions - (1-2) Simple answers. For questions 3-5 the student will need to refer to a rhythm sheet document that I attached to the lesson. In addition, have your child demonstrate how to count and clap at least 3 lines of your choice (1-9) from their rhythm studies #2 page which was attached to the Rhythm Studies #2 Part 1 lesson.

Quiz 6 - Answers (Your're Ready to Play Your First 5 Notes)

8 Questions - Simple answers. Have your child demonstrate their first five notes using 2 exercises from each page 1-4 of You're Ready to Play Your First Five Notes.

Quiz 7 - Answers (Rhythm Studies #3 & It's Time to Move Faster pg. 1)

8 Questions - (1-5) Simple answers. For questions 6-8 the student will need to refer to a rhythm sheet document that I attached to the lesson. In addition, have your child demonstrate how to count and clap at least 3 lines of your choice (1-9) from their rhythm studies #3 page which was attached to the Rhythm Studies #3 Part 1 lesson. Finally, have your child demonstrate at least 3 songs from page 1 of the It's Time to Move Faster lesson.

Quiz 8 - Answers (Rhythm Studies #4 & It's Time to Move Faster pg. 2)

8 Questions - (1-3) Simple Answers. For questions (4-8) the student will need to refer to a rhythm sheet document that I attached to the lesson. In addition, have your child demonstrate how to count and clap at least 2 lines of your choice (1-6) from their rhythm studies #4 page which was attached to the Rhythm Studies #4 Part 1 lesson.Finally, have your child demonstrate at least 3 songs from page 2 of the It's Time to Move Faster lesson.

Quiz 9 - Rhythm Studies #5 and Melodies with Eighth Notes pg. 1

6 Questions - (1-3) Simple Answers. For questions (4-6) the student will need to refer to a rhythm sheet document that I attached to the lesson. In addition, have your child demonstrate how to count and clap at least 3 lines of your choice (1-9) from their rhythm studies #5 page which was attached to the Rhythm Studies #5 Part 1 lesson.Finally, have your child demonstrate at least 3 songs from page 1 of the Melodies with Eighth Notes lesson.

Quiz 10 – Answers (Scales Part 1-3 & Chromatic Scale)

6 Questions - (1-6) Simple Answers. Have your child demonstrate the following 1 octave scales for you: E-Flat Concert / F Major F Concert / G Major B-Flat Concert / C Major Chromatic Scale

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