In order to develop good initial playing habits, learning where to put fingers, how to shape and control mouth muscles, and how to put the reed on the mouthpiece are very important. Private lessons for individual attention are recommended in addition to class lessons at school for ensemble experience. These two learning environments complement each other ideally. A minimum of thirty minutes a day should be devoted to individual practice. In the beginning two or three fifteen minute sessions are best. (Note: Excessive practice pushing beyond the capacity of the mouth muscles can lead to bad habits.)
It is extremely important to invest in a good mouthpiece for the beginner. Mouthpieces furnished with beginning instruments are not always ideal. A poorly designed or damaged mouthpiece can defeat every effort to play well.
Students should learn early on about proper care of their reeds, mouthpieces and instruments. The mouthpiece and reed should be cleaned, and the clarinet swabbed after every playing session before storage in the case.
There are many class and private study clarinet methods available for early study. Personal preference will vary. The class and band methods used by most schools are compatible with methods designed for private study when used simultaneously.
Technique study goals:
Theory study goals:
LEVEL 1 STUDY MATERIAL
Hovey, Nilo: Rubank
LEVEL 1 REPERTOIRE
FOR Bb CLARINET WITH PIANO
Amani-Hite: Ancient Menuet
SOLO COLLECTION FOR Bb CLARINET WITH PIANO
Bordner, Gerald: Clarinet Solos for the Young Player, Book 1
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