The Clarinet ABC Game

Are you bored, looking to pass some time during a long road trip, or just looking for dorky clarinet games? Challenge your clarinet friends to a game of clarinet ABCs, where you take turns coming up with clarinet-related terms for every letter of the alphabet. There are infinite possibilities for every letter, so don’t be afraid to get academic, goofy, or crazy!

Here’s what I chose for my clarinet ABCs, using the first thing for each letter that popped into my head:

  • A – Albert system
  • B – Baermann (is anyone surprised?)
  • C – clarinet (duh)
  • D – Denner (as in Johann Denner, our instrument’s creator)
  • E – Evette & Schaeffer clarinets
  • F – fundamentals
  • G – glissando
  • H – half-holing
  • I – International Clarinet Association
  • J – Jeanjean Vade-mecum
  • K – Kroepsch
  • L – long tones
  • M – Mozart concerto
  • N – Nielsen concerto
  • O – Optimum ligature
  • P – Penzel Mueller clarinets
  • Q – Q series clarinets by Backun
  • R – reeds
  • S – slap tonguing
  • T – tonguing
  • U – Uebel clarinets
  • V – Vandoren
  • W – Wurlitzer clarinets
  • X – X-series ligatures by Rovner
  • Y – Yamaha
  • Z – Zonda reeds

What are some of the best items you came up with for each letter?

6 thoughts on “The Clarinet ABC Game

  1. Audio Recorder
    Bell
    Cork Grease
    Dynamic Range
    Etude
    Flat
    Gold keys
    Humidity pack
    Intonation
    Joint
    Key
    Ligature
    Mouthpiece
    Nickel Keys
    Overtone
    Pad
    Quarter Note
    Reed
    Swab
    Tuning Rings
    Up beat
    Video Recorder
    Wind
    X
    Y
    Zwei Duets

  2. A Altissimo
    B Benny Goodman
    C Chalumeau
    D David Shifrin
    E Eddie Daniels
    F Fred Ormand
    G Gonzalez reeds
    H Half notes
    I Intermediate
    J Jean jean Advanced etudes
    K Ken Peplowski
    L Legato
    M McClune mouthpieces
    N Neck strap
    O Opperman
    P Practice routine
    Q Quarter notes, stuck on Q
    R Rose etude book
    S Stanley Drucker
    T Thomas Gilmore Masse
    U Uhl etude book
    V Vincent Oneppo
    W Wonkak Kim
    X
    Y Yi He, Chinese American clarinettist
    Z Zinners as in mouthpiece crafting

  3. Thanks! I never heard of Vincent Oneppo before I attended the International Clarinet Celebration in Portland, Oregon. Vincent Oneppo is a clarinetist and a saxophonist. He studied clarinet with Bernard Portnoy, Leon Russianoff, and Kalmen Opperman while a student at New York University, and with Keith Wilson at the Yale School of Music. The Uhl is just an etude book, but I never studied from the Uhl book.

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