Learn to Play Clarinet: Beginner to Pro in Under Five Hours
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Learn to Play Clarinet: Beginner to Pro in Under Five Hours

Master the art of Clarinet! Cover a year's worth of private lessons in just a few hours, for a fraction of the cost.
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4.4 (638 ratings)
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Last updated 3/2018
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This course includes
  • 5 hours on-demand video
  • 116 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Assemble and care for a clarinet
  • Form a correct, strong clarinet embouchure
  • Read and interpret music notation
  • Play dozens of popular melodies and songs
  • Perform multiple Major scales
  • Recognize and play nearly every note on the clarinet
Requirements
  • Working Clarinet
  • Clarinet reeds of medium strength
Description

|| COURSE DESCRIPTION ||

Learning to play the clarinet is incredibly rewarding, but getting started is a challenge. 

That's where MusicProfessor can help you make the most of your practice. Start from opening your case for the first time and progress all the way to playing your first melodies. Master all of the techniques necessary to become a great clarinetist. On the way, you'll also learn music theory and musicianship skills. 

And save money while you study with us! Private lessons are expensive. Each MusicProfessor Clarinet course provides an entire year’s worth of lessons, for a fraction of the cost, and at your own convenience.

Join over 18,000 MusicProfessor students and begin your studies today!


|| COURSE FEATURES ||

  • 90 video lessons
  • Downloadable sheet music
  • Animated fingering charts
  • Clarinet equipment recommendations
  • Clarinet-specific troubleshooting tips and advice
  • Dozens of familiar melodies and songs
  • Technique-building exercises
  • Major scales and scale exercises
  • Music Theory basics, including how to read music

MusicProfessor's curriculum is used in nearly 100 schools and school districts throughout the United States and by more than 18,000 students and music teachers throughout the world. Nowhere else can you find the level of detail and professional instruction of MusicProfessor's curriculum.

Fulfill your musical destiny by enrolling today!


|| NOTABLE REVIEWS ||

“Great course for beginners! I loved the clear explanations and guidelines. Looking forward to the other more advanced courses!”

    -Philip Botha

“The information is very informative and I can see that I am going to learn a lot and be a proficient clarinet player in no time.”

    -Andrew Jordan

“It covers everything you need to know but were afraid to ask.”

    -M. Marsh


|| ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR ||

Kathryn Nevin earned her Masters and Doctoral degrees in Clarinet Performance from the University of Southern California, where she studied with Mitchell Lurie, Michele Zukovsky, David Howard and Yehuda Gilad. Originally from the Chicago area, she was a student of Melvin Warner at Northern Illinois University where she received a Bachelor of Music.

In Southern California, Dr. Nevin has performed with many orchestras including San Diego Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, New West Symphony, Long Beach Opera, Santa Barbara Symphony, Opera Santa Barbara, Monterey Symphony and Fresno Philharmonic. She is a member of St. Matthews Chamber Orchestra, Desert Symphony in Palm Desert, Redlands Symphony Orchestra and Long Beach Municipal Band.

Dr. Nevin is an active soloist and chamber musician, having been a founding member of several award-winning ensembles, including Triole, recipient of an NEA Chamber Music Residency. She is currently a member of Calico Winds, an award-winning internationally touring wind quintet, whose recordings and performances around the country have received critical acclaim, including those at Carnegie Halls Weill Recital Hall. The ensembles most recent commercial release,Vintage America, A Musical Meritage (Albany), features 19th and early 20th century American music.

Dr. Nevin has been featured on NPR's Performance Today and numerous times on local classical music radio live broadcasts. She has appeared in chamber music concerts with faculty at the University of Redlands, the Taylor String Quartet, the Shanghai Quartet, as well as with Los Angeles Philharmonic principal strings. Dr. Nevin is the editor of Solos for the Intermediate Clarinetist, Music from Four Centuries arranged for Clarinet and Piano by Daniel Kelley, Last Resort Music, Inc. She has taught at La Sierra University, the University of California, Riverside, Riverside Community College, Mt. St. Mary's College, Pasadena Conservatory of Music and Glendale College. She is currently the Artist Teacher of Clarinet at the University of Redlands.

This course has been provided by MusicProfessor, an online music education company.

Who this course is for:
  • Students looking to catch up
  • Students looking to get ahead
  • Adult Learners
  • Absolute Beginners
  • Music students who can't access a private teacher
Course content
Expand all 87 lectures 04:55:38
+ Introduction to the Clarinet
6 lectures 27:43

Welcome to MusicProfessor's Beginner's Guide to the Clarinet! Here, we'll introduce the various topics being covered in the first Section, including learning about the different parts of the clarinet, how to put it together, and how to prepare to play correctly.

You can download the course's companion sheet music book by clicking on the resources tab or directly from the course navigation menu. 


Preview 00:26

Learn about the different parts of the clarinet, including the reed, and how to completely and correctly assemble it.

Preview 06:35

Learn how to correctly hold and support the clarinet as well as how to sit with perfect posture.

Playing Position for the Clarinet
04:27

Learn about the diaphragm, breath control, breath direction, and cold air.

Breathing
04:37

Learn how to carefully disassemble your clarinet, take care of the delicate reed, and troubleshoot minor disassembly mishaps.

Taking the Clarinet Apart
07:29

Learn about additional equipment needed to maximize your clarinet playing potential, including a metronome, tuner, swab, and cork grease.

Essential Equipment for the Clarinet
04:09
+ Clarinet Embouchure
9 lectures 23:48

Here we'll discuss the many topics being covered in this Section, including how to form a clarinet embouchure and playing your first few notes.

Introduction
00:22

First, let's review how to assemble the clarinet, correct playing position, and breathing.

Recap
02:48

Learn how to properly find and set your embouchure with and without a clarinet.

Preview 05:09

Learn the importance of tongue position and how to appropriately use the tongue to articulate notes.

Tonguing
03:37

Learn your first notes, E, F, and open G.

Notes E, F, and G
04:52

Apply your new note, E, to a set, long, rhythmic pulse, or longtone.

Exercise 1.1 - Getting to know E
00:36

Apply your new note, F, to a set, long, rhythmic pulse, or longtone.

Exercise 1.2 - Getting to know F
01:39

Apply your new note, G, to a set, long, rhythmic pulse, or longtone.

Exercise 1.3 - Getting to know G
01:52

Combine all three of your newly acquired notes into a single exercise.

Exercise 2.1 - E, F, and G Combined
02:53
+ Reading Music
8 lectures 27:03

Here we'll introduce the various topics being covered in this Section, including how to read music, some new notes, and troubleshoot squeaking.

Introduction
00:19
Recap
04:23
Notes on the Musical Staff
00:55
Exercise 1.1 - E, F, and G on the Staff
05:23
Notes C, D, and A
05:29
Exercise 2.1 - Getting to know C, D, and A
03:41
Exercise 3.1 - Intervals
03:18

Learn how to analyze and resolve different causes of clarinet squeaking.

Preview 03:35
+ Slurring
7 lectures 23:52

Here we'll discuss the various topics being covered in this Section, including new notes B, A, and G, a new technique called Slurring, and a new rhythm.

Introduction
00:26

First, let's recap how to correctly, sit, breath, and tongue as well as review our first notes E, F, and G.

Recap
04:23
Notes B, A, and G
04:17
Slurring on the Clarinet
02:54
Exercise 1.1 - Half Notes
03:42
Exercise 2.1 - Combining Rhythms
04:03
Exercise 3.1
04:07
+ Clarinet Low Notes
9 lectures 27:40

Here we'll discuss a few of the topics to be covered in this Section, including a new rhythm, the Quarter Note, learn the lowest notes on the clarinet, and learn how to repeat musical passages.

Introduction
00:26
Recap
01:57
Exercise 1.1 - Quarter Notes
03:17
Notes Low E and F
05:35

Identify and learn to solve difficulties with playing low notes on the clarinet.

Troubleshooting - Low Notes
01:37
Exercise 2.1 - Getting to know E and F
02:22
Exercise 2.2
02:22
Melody 1.1 - Brother John
04:30
Melody 1.2 - Brother John with the Repeat Sign
05:34
+ Major Scales
10 lectures 36:30

Here we'll discuss the various topics being covered in this lesson, including Scales and a new musical concept known as Accidentals.

Introduction
00:26
Recap
04:17
Note F#
04:03
Exercise 1.1 - Getting to know F#
02:56
Note Bb
03:03
Exercise 1.2 - Getting to know Bb
02:43
G-Major Scale
06:49
Melody 1.1 - Rainbow
04:17
F-Major Scale
04:31
Melody 1.2 - Rainbow
03:25
+ Clarinet Upper Register
11 lectures 36:22

Here we'll introduce the various topics being presented in this Section, including a new rhythm and meter, many new notes in the upper register, and our third Major scale.

Introduction
00:28
Recap
05:43
Exercise 1.1 - Dotted Half Notes
03:18
Exercise 2.1 - 3/4 Time
03:49
Exercise 2.2
02:41
Notes E, F, and F#
05:43
Exercise 3.1 - Getting to know E, F, and F#
03:35
Notes B, C and D
02:15
Exercise 3.2 - Getting to know B, C, and D
02:34
Exercise 4.1
01:58
C-Major Scale
04:18
+ Transposition
12 lectures 46:04

Here we'll discuss the topics being covered in this Section, including two new notes, C# and Eb, two new Major scales, and learn about Transpotion.

Introduction
00:31
Recap
04:44
Recap, part II
02:08
Note Eb
03:47
Bb-Major Scale
04:49
Melody 1.1 - Smokey
05:39
Note C#
03:28
D-Major Scale
06:52

Learn about Transposition and why it is extremely important for clarinetists.

Preview 03:32

Learn how to transpose the melody we just learned, 'Smokey,' to the key of D-Major.

Transposition for the Clarinet, part II
01:24
Melody 1.2 - Smokey
03:54
Notes G, A, Bb, B and C
05:16
+ Two-Octave Clarinet Scales
14 lectures 46:08

Here we'll introduce the topics being covered in this Section, including two new notes, a concept called Enharmonics, two new Major scales, and a new rhythm.

Introduction
00:27
Recap
01:49
F-Major Scale, Two Octaves
04:15
G-Major Scale, Two Octaves
03:16
Bb-Major Scale, Two Octaves
04:21
C-Major Scale, Two Octaves
03:29
Note Ab
03:44
Eb-Major Scale
03:25
Note G#
02:53
Exercise 1.1 - Eighth Notes
05:08
Exercise 1.2
02:42
Melody 1.1 - Twinkle
03:46
Melody 2.1
04:11
Melody 2.2
02:42