Index / Table of Contents (scroll down for recent blogposts)

Index: A-Z List of Clarinet Techniques Discussed in my Blogposts – click to be shown a new page listing each post that mentions the desired technique

air sounds   history   singing
aluminum foil   ‘how to’s for clarinetists   slap tongue
articulation  multiphonic   speaking 
bending     no mouthpiece   spectral multiphonic
double tongue    preparations   tongue ram
double trills  quarter tones   trills
dyads   register key   trumpet embouchure
flute embouchure   repertoire   water
flutter tongue  shaking    whistling

Table of Contents

The Basics:

…on clarinet articulation covers everything from single and double tonguing, slap tongue, tongue rams, and fluttertongue through to flute and trumpet embouchures, and clarinet shaking. (Tongue ram, and flute and trumpet embouchures, are also techniques wherein the mouthpiece is removed from the clarinet. Other mouthpiece-less techniques can be found in this post.)

…on writing air sounds for clarinets deals with all the different ways you can manipulate air on a clarinet: air versus pitch, vowel sounds, outside of the mouthpiece, without the mouthpiece, inhaling versus exhaling, various articulation effects, etc.

…on soprano clarinet glissandi The details (and restrictions) of using them, in both directions, and how feasible bending is. It also talks briefly about spectral multiphonic glissandi (another post that talks briefly about spectral multiphonics is the air sound post, wherein I talk about spectral harmonic ‘whispers’ which are essentially very quiet airy spectral multiphonics).

…on singing and playing covers all the possibilities of singing and playing, dynamics, how to deal with different pitch material in the voice and clarinet, glissandi, and combining singing with other extended techniques

…on writing Bb clarinet harmonics helps you to understand how clarinet harmonics work and how you can use them in your music to create harmonic colour trills.

A complete tremolo/moving passages chart (including quarter tones) for Bb/Eb/A clarinets – this post uses a kind of ‘traffic light’ system to help composers write tremoli and fast moving passages, while avoiding impossible intervals.


Special Techniques: 

Bass clarinet preparations. Lots of ways you can cover the bell of the bass clarinet.

All the possibilities for creating beautiful transitions, trills and multiphonics using only the register key.

On the use of double trills.

Bass clarinet techniques without the mouthpiece is a continuation of some techniques discussed in the articulation post. This second post moves beyond tongue rams, and flute and trumpet embouchures, to singing, whistling and croaking into the bass clarinet.

On close interval dyad multiphonics for Bb clarinet. And for bass clarinet.

On only using the lower joint of the Bb or Eb clarinet.


How-to Posts for Clarinetists:

How to improve your double tongue.

How to slap tongue


On Repertoire:

…on a historical approach to the sound of the clarinet

A Collaborative History of the Clarinet:


Other Popular Posts:

On using the iPad in performance – advantages and disadvantages and a fairly complete how-to

Advice for young composers

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