A Clarinet

A Clarinet

A Clarinet range

The A Clarinet is the slightly larger sibling to the B-flat Clarinet.  I have yet to see it used within a band setting.  I do not know why.  Every professional clarinetist will own an A Clarinet as it is essential for orchestral playing.  Continue reading “A Clarinet”

B-flat Clarinet

B-flat Clarinet

B-flat Clarinet range

There is a saying in the band world that something is “as bland as B-flat.”  For me, this is exemplified in the abundance of B-flat Clarinets in our modern band.  I have seen bands with twenty or more.  I have also seen bands with as few as three or four.  In the days of the early bands (or at least the early bands as we see them today), the B-flat Clarinet was thought of as the equivalent of the Violin.  Their range is somewhat similar and they have similar facilities in technique, but to me the sound is miles apart. Continue reading “B-flat Clarinet”