Where is the octave key on the clarinet?


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2011-08-01 14:31:22
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There isn't an octave key but there is a "register key". Holding the register key raises the pitch by a twelfth, e.g. from middle C to high G. The register key is found by the thumbhole (where your left thumb goes).

To use it you have to cover the thumbhole with your thumb and hold the register key at the same time. You'll also have to tighten your embouchure (the way your mouth is held around the mouthpiece) to make sure the note is in tune.


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hold down the octave key and A

It's above your left thumb. It's actually called the register key, but octave key also works.

Arguable but I say clarinet is harder to start on because of the way you have to blow - but once you can blow they are more or less equal apart from the clarinet difficulty in the octave key.Most octave keys take you up an octave as the name suggests but o the clarinet it TAKES YOU UP A 12TH!! Annoying and difficult.I say Clarinet!

Second two fingers on left hand first finger on right octave key and second top key of the four at the bottom of the clarinet

You put down all of your fingers and use the octave key.

B-flat. One octave below the most common B-flat soprano.

There are many different types of clarinets. As a matter of facts, some experts consider the clarinet family to be one of the largest, if not, the largest family of instruments. One of the most common is the soprano clarinet, with most of them being in the key of B flat, although there are some in A or other keys. Also rather common is the bass clarinet in the key of B flat. The bass clarinet has a range that is one octave lower than the traditional clarinet. Other types of clarinets includes the contrabass clarinet (one octave lower than the bass clarinet), the alto clarinet, and the rare piccolo clarinet.

It depends which octave you're looking for, and since I don't know which one you need, it'd be best to find a fingering chart. I play bass clarinet, so I know two different fingerings for E flat on a standard B flat clarinet. The middle range (lower range for clarinet, I think) Is your left thumb (NOT the octave key) and your left pointer finger, with your right pinky pressed down. The next octave up is all your fingers with the back octave key held down as well, with your pinky on the pinky key right below your right ring finger. Hope this helps. (:

There are many similarities. The mouthpiece and reed are similar, as is the embouchure (how you use the small muscles around the mouth), although the clarinet embouchure requires more strength. In the middle octave, from fourth line D to B above the staff, the primary fingerings are the same. There are differences, too. In addition to the obvious different shape and weight of the instruments, the sax overblows at the octave, meaning the middle octave has the same fingerings for each note as in the low octave (except for the addition of the octave key), while the clarinet overblows at the twelfth, meaning the fingering for the low octave is different. For example, the fingering for middle C with the addition of the register key sounds a G in the middle register of the clarinet. The more complicated fingering and the additional embouchure strength required to play clarinet makes it harder for a sax player to learn the clarinet than it is for a clarinet player to learn sax. Many teachers encourage young players who are interested in saxophone to start on clarinet. The young clarinet player doesn't have to deal with the weight of the sax, and learns skills that transfer easily.

Nope. Other way around. The bass clarinet IS twice as long as the Bb one, and IS an octave lower.

to play a flat on the bflat clarinet you hold down the octave.

One key difference is that the clarinet over blows at the 12th. What does that mean? Most woodwinds have an octave key. When it is pressed, the open hole interferes with the full length wave in the vibrating column of air so that the wave splits to become two waves, each half as long as the air column. The sound is an octave higher. The clarinet has a register key that interferes with both the full length wave and the wave divided in half. The new wave when the register key is pressed is now three waves, each one third the length of the air column. The sound is an octave and a fifth higher (or a twelfth higher). Thus when you play a middle C on a clarinet, then press the register key, rather than a C an octave higher, you'll get a G an octave and a fifth higher. Because of this, the clarinet has several additional keys to span the difference between the low chalumeau register and the middle clarion (or clarino) register.

The clarinet originated from a closely related baroque instrument called the "chalumeau", which was similar to a recorder but with a reed attached to the mouthpiece. The first clarinet was created when someone added a register key to the back, which allows a second and third octave in the range.

Yes, fingerings are the same. The Bass Clarinet will sound an octave lower in pitch. t

Thumb, octave key, index finger, middle finger, and the longest right-hand side key. It's basically the same as a low Eb.

The bass clarinet is one octave lower than the regular clarinet. The fingerings are exactly the same, however there is usually a low Eb key on a bass clarinet, and It has a bell that curves upwards slightly. the bass clarinet is also considered a low woodwind instrument, and uses a much larger reed and much looser embouchure.

Take the upper octave fingerings of the B flat clarinet (D in the staff to a D above the staff) and they produce the same notes on the tenor saxophone. On tenor saxophone, you would use the same fingerings for notes regardless of which octave you are in (for example: a D in the staff is the same fingering as a D below the staff) either adding the octave key to make the note higher or lower. The only inconsistencies with no relation between clarinet and tenor are the fingerings for C (middle key in the left hand on tenor) and C sharp (no keys down on tenor) Notes in the octave above the staff are different from clarinet to tenor as well.

G,G,G,A,B,B,A,B,C,D, G w/octave key, G w/ octave key, G w/ octave key, E w/octave key, E w/octave key, E w/octave key, D, D, D, C, C, C, G w/octave key, F w/ octave key, E w/ octave key, D, C. Hope it helps, I just sat here for like 10 minutes trying to figure it out playing by ear! :)

Im not sure if you meant 'why' or how' do clarinets and saxophones transpose. For the sake of logic, I will assume "How do clarinets and Saxophones transpose" as the alternative does not make sense to me. Well, quite simply, from a clarinet to a Tenor or Soprano Saxophone, there is NO transposing needed as the Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone and Soprano Saxophone are all Bb (B Flat) instruments (which means that a C on the Clarinet will sound the same as a C on those 2 saxes). However, for the Alto and Baritone saxophones, you will need to transpose, as Alto and Baritone are Eb (E Flat) instruments. One thing to note is that a Clarinet has a Register Key, while a Saxophone has an Octave Key. The register key raises the pitch of a clarinet by a 12th (19 semitones) while the Octave key raises by an octave, or 8th (12 semitones). Just something to consider when making the transition :)

The clarinet is played in the key of B flat

The key of D major has two sharps: F and C. There are three possible octave for the D scale on the clarinet. The notes to play are: D - E - F# - G - A - B - C# - D.

You press the button next to the octave key and only that button it is on the left of the octave key


its quite easy. For beginners, start with the E flat (F) key (lowest octave)and vertically up until you reach the E flat (F) left thumb key. then you play upwards(the A flat(B flat) key is the G Key(A key) with the register key) and skip to the same B flat(C) key(missing the A(B) key) and play upwards till the E flat(F) key in the middle octave. I know it is a bit confusing but there you have it, 2 octaves. For slightly better players (?9 months of experience?) you can try the altissimo range. PS the bracketed letters are the clarinet fingering letters.

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