... all about the great woodwind instrument

The clarinet (French: clarinette, German: Klarinette, Italian: clarinetto or clarino) is a woodwind instrument with a single reed and a cylindrical body and bore. It is used in classical as well as in popular music and in jazz and played by hundreds of thousands of professionals and amateurs alike, world wide.

About this page

With this page I want to give you lots of hopefully interesting and useful information. It is my intention to serve the beginner as well as the experienced players. This is a not-for-profit project by one amateur clarinet player, so it's neither sponsored by the instrument industry nor is it trying to sell you anything except maybe the author's enthusiasm. There are some Google Ads - they make the site pay for the server; but they are clearly separated from the contents. Ads are no recommendations by the author.

The original German web site dates back to the mid nineties. There was no similar page in the web in English, and several people from all over the world mailed me and asked me to translate it. In 2003 I caught a serious infect and hat to spend a month in hospital for treatment - it was boring indeed, and I had a lot of time, so I started the translation. Nevertheless the German site is usually a bit more up-to-date and more sophisticated in appearance, plus the language is more elaborate, but I always try to catch up with the English. Today I receive a similar number of mails referring to the English and the German page. I know the project is not perfect at all and may never be finished. A lot of things have changed in the internet the last ten years, Wikipedia articles have become really good and specific (I sometimes write there myself) and there are excellent resources on YouTube, but still there seems to be some need for this page so I continue...

Got questions?

Before asking any questions, please ...

... check the menu on the left - there may be a chapter that deals with the topic
... look into the FAQs, the Frequently Asked Questions

... and of course you will find answers to most of your questions (especially concerning brands and prices) using your favourite search engine (like Bing or Google). I was often surprised to find few people really know how to use a search engine so I give you some clues in the FAQ.

But if you still can't find an answer, do send me a Mail!
I can't promise anything, but usually I do answer within a few days.

Copying is no crime, as long as you ...

If you want to copy parts of this page - whether you need it for school homework or a seminar paper - no problem! (In that case you better do check your school's citation rules...).

If you plan to use parts of the page for another home page or for commercial purposes (only then) please do contact me in advance.

I am grateful for all comments (even if you spot a translation error) - then please use eMail - this is a good way motivating the author :-) and helping to improve the pages.

Have fun reading and listening!