The word “clarinet” means “little trumpet,” but the instrument is actually a member of the woodwind family rather than the brass. Its tone, however, is slightly similar to that of the trumpet, and it is the largest instrument of the woodwind family. It has a strident and strong yet beautiful sound, making it an extremely versatile and popular instrument in bands and orchestras.
It is interesting to note that although the clarinet makes a very distinctive sound, it is quite variable in it’s stylistic function depending on the type of music involved. If you listen to famous big band players like Woody Herman and Benny Goodman, you will notice a much different style of playing than that of a classical performance. It will be important to assess your stylistic and musical goals and make sure that they align with the stylistic skill set of your instruction.
If you love clarinet music and have an interest in learning it yourself, then there are ways for you to study and master the clarinet in no time at all. One of the best ways of learning the clarinet is going to a class, where you will make regular, quick, and supervised progress. If you want to learn fast and efficiently, then going to a class is a great option. Learning the clarinet in a group setting is beneficial because of the peer pressure and encouragement of your fellow students. On top of it you can make friends and meet new people that way.
If you don’t like studying in a group, however, then perhaps learning the clarinet with a private tutor is better for you. A private tutor will be a bit more pricy than most organized classes, but will help you individually much better than a group teacher will. The main benefit of learning the clarinet with a private tutor is the fact that all your instruction is tailor made for you. The teacher knows you and knows exactly what you need to learn, and will therefore work with you in the most effective and quick way. If you have a bit of money to spend, learning the clarinet with a private tutor is certainly your best choice.
And remember that the best way to learn something is to practice. If you want quick progress, you must put in the hours. If you invest enough time and money, learning the clarinet will be an easy, fun, and exciting experience for you as you will see just how simple making progress can be.
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