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Your hands-on guide to mastering the most popular woodwind

Want to play the clarinet? No problem! This hands-on guide teaches you all the techniques you need to play this popular woodwind alone or in a group setting. You'll begin by learning how to properly hold a clarinet and move on to getting a consistent sound, reading music, and playing songs in a variety of styles, including classical, pop, and jazz.

  • Get keyed up — explore the anatomy of the clarinet and grasp the basic concepts of playing the instrument, from using the mouthpiece and reed to fingering keys

  • Read all about it — get a primer on how to read music or take a quick refresher course to sharpen your skills

  • Clarinet care 101 — understand how to properly assemble, clean, store, maintain, and repair your clarinet

  • Start making some noise — get expert tips and techniques on breathing and posture, hand position, and lip and mouth placement

  • Hit the high notes — take your skills to the next level to master intermediate techniques to reach high notes and add speed to your tonguing and improve your fingering

Open the book and find:

  • Tips for picking the right clarinet for you

  • Guidance on renting versus buying

  • Descriptions, illustrations, and exercises

  • How to tune up for the proper pitch

  • Warm-ups, scales, and studies to develop your skills

  • Fingering charts

  • Ten bad habits to avoid

  • Tips for adjusting your reeds to suit your playing

Learn to:

  • Develop proper finger placement and posture

  • Play your first notes and move on to advanced techniques

  • Maintain perfect pitch as you play

  • Tune your clarinet

Play along with exercises and pieces on the audio CD

About the Author

David Etheridge is the David Ross Boyd Professor of Clarinet, Chair of the Woodwind Area, and member of the Oklahoma Woodwind Quintet at the University of Oklahoma. He has taught clarinet for over 45 years.

Product Details

  • File Size: 8701 KB
  • Print Length: 360 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (August 13, 2010)
  • Publication Date: August 13, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0041D8VEO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #439,811 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Ioga on January 12, 2012
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I like this book a lot and am very glad that I got it. It contains an awful lot of information, and the author is pretty good at explaining things.
I had just acquired a cheap clarinet (>$100) from friends who bought one for their daughters, who weren't interested. I got this book to help me get started. I've played flute for more than 30 years, so I have a woodwind background as well as some knowledge of music, but it looks to me as if the author explains the basics of music pretty well (musical notation, breathing, basic concepts) -- although I didn't read those parts closely.
What I was most interested in was the hands-on clarinet stuff, and that's pretty well done: the embouchure, posture, clarinet mechanics, sound production, reed fundamentals, etc. The illustrations are mostly done via photos, of a clarinet from various angles or taken apart, or of a young assistant doing the embouchure, holding the clarinet, etc. These are helpful.
A couple of nitpicks: The author seems to be fairly opinionated -- not intrinsically a bad thing, but one should be aware. He sometimes sounds like a know-it-all. For example, he strongly recommends two mouthpieces for beginners, and implies those are the only ones out there. I asked a clarinetist friend about this (a great musician and has studied/worked with some of the top clarinetists in the world) and he didn't like one of the mouthpieces and had never heard of the other, and pointed out that there are several others that are at least as good. Any author will have his/her likes and dislikes, of course, but sometimes I wish this one had added a phrase like, "This is my personal preference," and perhaps even mentioned some of the other practices out there -- for instance, some clarinetists don't put their top teeth on the instrument at all.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Morris on March 24, 2014
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To give you some background information on me, I'm a former collegiate musician who already played a couple instruments (no woodwinds) and is, of course, familiar with music notation and other basic skills. I wanted to learn the clarinet, so I bought this book around the same time I bought my clarinet, thinking it would be a good way to learn.

The book isn't bad for someone in such a situation: it explains the author's tips for how to play clarinet, including how to put the instrument together, how to hold embouchure, and how to play your first note. It also contains the author's recommendations for what models of clarinet different levels of learners should buy, so it's too late for this if you already have one. There are a lot of pages dedicated to basic music, like how to read note names, durations, and whatnot. I expected this with it being a "For Dummies" book and all, but I was still surprised by how much of the book it consumed. Of course, these are easy to skip over.

After having read most of the clarinet-specific parts of the book, I was hoping to have a fingering chart I could use to figure out notes that either handn't been introduced yet or that I needed to play for some reason. Unfortunately, the chart in this book both has very small diagrams and is spread out across multiple pages (not two side-by-side). I may have missed it, but I also don't think there was a good explanation of how to read them--for example, I had to Google how I was supposed to, apparently, cover the thumb hole and press the register key at the same time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By da perfesser on February 19, 2011
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This is my first "... For Dummies" book, and I am impressed with it so far. It has everything a person would need to know when starting with the clarinet, or picking it up again after decades (like me - 46 years since my old band teacher quit and I dropped out of music). Some of it is pretty basic, but that's what it's supposed to be, isn't it? It is well laid out and organized. The writer has a nice friendly style that's easy to read and learn from. I don't know as how I'd make it my only learning book, but if you got the Rubanks series and combined it with this, I think you could do really well getting up to speed on playing the clarinet. That's my approach, anyway, and so far it's working out just fine.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam's folks on March 1, 2014
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This is a decent book for a beginning clarinet player with a lot of tips for producing a better sound and managing difficult transitions. However, I wouldn't recommend anyone attempt to learn the instrument from this book alone for the simple reason that it doesn't have an illustration of the instrument with all the keys and levers labeled with the names the author uses for them (which in many cases are not the same as the names used in many method books). Coupled with a method book, or better still a method book and a teacher, I think this book deserves a place on the shelf.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CNS on January 20, 2012
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This is a great book for either a newcomer or someone like me who hasn't picked up his clarinet in over 50 years! I hope to brush up on my fingering, scales, tonality and technique.

I might add this paperback (rather large) is a better value than the digital version because it has a CD enclosed, which of course the digital version does not.

I purchased this book from Amazon Prime.
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