• How to improve a spitty sound on the clarinet

    Let’s be honest – not everything about the clarinet is as glamorous as it might seem. One not-so-glamorous aspect of playing the clarinet? Spit! Spit happens, especially to wind players. (At least clarinetists don’t have to worry about a spit valve!) Spitty sounds are caused by – you guessed it – a buildup of saliva on the reed and/or in…

  • Quick Fix Friday: Don’t tune too soon!

    Happy Friday! By now, you should know that I have a lot to say about tuning, but here’s a quick fix many musicians overlook… Tuning too soon! Several of my students have told me that they tune as soon as they assemble the clarinet. The majority of them will be flat, through no fault of their own. Why? If you…

  • Around the World in Eighty Pieces – #3 Faroe Islands

    Welcome to my new series, Around the World in Eighty Pieces! I’m excited to combine my love of travelling and clarinet repertoire by sharing a clarinet composition I “discovered” in each country. This series is not meant to be a comprehensive overview of the clarinet music from each country; rather, this is an appetizer to ignite your curiosity to learn more…

  • Around the World in Eighty Pieces – #2 Denmark

    Welcome to my new series, Around the World in Eighty Pieces! I’m excited to combine my love of travelling and clarinet repertoire by sharing a clarinet composition I “discovered” in each country. This series is not meant to be a comprehensive overview of the clarinet music from each country; rather, this is an appetizer to ignite your curiosity to learn more…

  • The range and registers of the clarinet

    Call me biased, but the clarinet is one of the most versatile instrument in terms of range, dynamics, and much more! Here’s an overview of the range and different registers of the clarinet First, let’s discuss the difference between range and registers. An instrument’s range includes the entire span of notes capable of being produced. A register is a smaller…

  • Around the World in Eighty Pieces – #1 New Zealand

    Welcome to the first post in my new series, Around the World in Eighty Pieces! I’m excited to combine my love of travelling and clarinet repertoire by sharing a piece I “discovered” in each country. This series is not meant to be a comprehensive overview of the clarinet music from each country; rather, this is an appetizer to ignite your…

  • Introducing my new blog series – Around the World in Eighty Pieces

    I’m so excited to introduce a new series here on Jenny Clarinet – Around the World in Eighty Pieces! It’s no secret that I love to travel. When I moved to Paris back in 2015, I took advantage of budget airlines (shoutout to RyanAir and Transavia!) to explore all over Europe. This ignited my passion for travelling, and along the…

  • Tone, Tuning, Timbre – What’s the Difference?

    At first glance, these three concepts might seem interchangeable. To add further confusion, they all begin with the same letter! Here’s a quick overview of how I explain these three concepts to my students: I hope this quick overview helps you to distinguish between tone, tuning, and timbre! Leave a comment below with any input or descriptions you use!

  • The life span of a clarinet (and its accessories)

    You know what they say – nothing lasts forever, and the clarinet is no different. One of the most common questions I’m asked is “How long does a reed/mouthpiece/ligature/clarinet last?” There are a few different factors affecting this answer, so let’s break it down by item: Now, let’s talk about clarinets: How do you know if your clarinet or accessories…