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Kristen Ardye Cobb October 15, 2012 Clarinet Lesson Plan Clarinet Pieces: 1. Mouth Piece 2. Ligature 3.

Barrel 4. Upper Section 5. Tone Hole Rings 6. Bridge Keys 7. Lower Section 8. Bell Putting Your Clarinet Together 1. Open your case right side up. Put the thin end of the reed in your mouth to moisten it. Grease corks if necessary. 2. Hold the lower section in your right hand and the upper section in your right hand. Press down the tone hole rings on the upper section. Gently twist the sections together, aligning the bridge keys. 3. Hold the two sections in your right hand, pressing down the tone hole rings of the lower section. Gently twist on the bell with your left hand.

4. Hold the clarinet in your left hand and twist the barrel and mouthpiece on with your right hand. Remove the metal cap and ligature before putting on the mouthpiece. Align the flat side of the mouthpiece with the register key on the back of the clarinet. 5. Put on the ligature, and slide the reed behind it. Center your reed on the flat part of the mouthpiece with only a hairline of the mouthpiece visible above the reed. Tighten the screws on the ligature only until snug. Overtightening can damage your ligature. Preparing to play 1. Sit up straight on the edge of your chair. 2. Keep your thumb straight, place your right thumb under the thumb rest. 3. Hold your clarinet directly in front of you, with the bell between your knees. 4. Curve your fingers on both hands. Keep your wrists straight. 5. Your elbows should be away from your body. Playing your clarinet 1. Remove the mouth piece and barrel. Shape your mouth as if saying whee-too. 2. Cover your bottom teeth with a small with a small amount of your lower lip. 3. Place the mouthpiece in your mouth to where the reed and mouthpiece touch. 4. Rest your top teeth directly on the mouthpiece. Close your mouth in a drawstring fashion with equal pressure on all sides of the reed. Your chin should be flat and pointed. 5. Take a full breath of air and play a long, steady tone. Put the mouthpiece and barrel on the clarinet and play a long, steady tone. Caring for your clarinet 1. After playing, remove the reed. Place it in the reed holder to dry.

2. Remove the mouthpiece and wipe the inside with a soft, clean cloth. Remove the barrel and draw the swab through it. Remove the upper section and swab it out by dropping the weight into the top end and pulling the swab through. Do the same for the lower section. 3. Dry each joint, and then wipe the outside of your clarinet with a soft, clean cloth. Carefully put away all parts of your clarinet and latch your case. Notes 1. C 2. D 3. E 4. F