The clarinet produces sound by blowing air across a reed, into the mouthpiece, down through the body of the instrument and by pressing keys or covering holes on the instrument to change notes. The notes change in this manner because it disrupts the airflow and the wavelength of the air moving through the instrument.
The reed that is positioned on the mouthpiece also affects how the sound is produces from the clarinet. The air moving across the reed causes vibrations, which can change depending on what type of reed is used and how tightly it is gripped by the musician's lips. The vibrations paired with the change of the airflow by the fingers and ports on the instrument gives it the ability to cover a wide range of notes.Learn More
A flute works by blowing air across the mouthpiece, which creates vibrations that make the sound. The musician makes different notes by covering the holes in the flute.Full Answer >
Chris Botti, the jazz trumpeter, plays a Martin Committee trumpet made in 1940 by Handicraft and a mouthpiece from Bach made in 1921, Mt Vincent Bach Corp 3C. He plays the same model that was used by another famed trumpeter, Miles Davis.Full Answer >
A safe way to remove a mouthpiece from an instrument is to use a specially designed tool that helps users remove it from the instrument. These tools are called mouthpiece pullers, and are in the form of a small clamp that latches onto the mouthpiece so it can be forcibly removed.Full Answer >
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