The clarinet has many different parts and is also considered quite a fragile instrument. Take extra care in assembling your clarinet the first few times you put it together. By using the following guidelines, you should be an expert in no time.

  1. Grease all the corks with your cork grease. Carefully twist the cork end of the mouthpiece into the smaller end of the barrel.
  2. Twist the end of the upper joint, which is free of keys, into the barrel. Be careful not to damage the keys.
  3. Hold the upper joint and carefully twist the lower joint on the tenon, making sure that the finger holes line up.
  4. Gently twist the bell onto the end of the lower joint.
  5. Place the flat side of the reed on the mouthpiece, carefully slide the ligature over the top and tighten the screws on the ligature.

For the first 6 months of playing the clarinet, you should use reeds 1.5 in size, and change them every 2 weeks. After 6 months, you should move up to size 2, and should only need to replace it every month. A neck strap or harness is recommended when playing the clarinet.


From Bernstein’s Rhapsody in blue to Mozart’s clarinet concerto, the clarinet has it all. Range, endurance and versatility. It’s a compact liquorice stick that never fails to impress. It’s a great choice for young woodwind players, with the option to progress to the big bass clarinet or a double reed instrument down the track.


My First Clarinet Lesson

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Grace Dorman