Q:

How does the clarinet produce sound?

A:

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

Related Questions

  • Q:

    How does the flute work?

    A:

    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 >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What are some examples of double-reed instruments?

    A:

    In the modern Western musical tradition, there are two main families of double-reed woodwind instruments: oboes and bassoons. Both of these families consist of a number of different instruments, such as the contraforte, contrabassoon, piccolo oboe, the cor anglais or English horn and the bass oboe.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How do you build your own bamboo flute?

    A:

    Make a bamboo flute by burning holes in a bamboo rod and sealing it with linseed oil. The supplies you need are a bamboo fishing pole, a hacksaw, fine sandpaper, a 1/2-inch diameter steel rod, a butane torch, a permanent marker, an oven mitt, a 1/4-inch drill bit, vise-grip pliers, linseed oil and a clean rag. This project takes about 40 minutes.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How are clarinets made?

    A:

    Clarinets are made from African blackwood that is dried, sawed and fashioned into the clarinet body before being hollowed out, drilled with holes and then fashioned with keys. The keys of the clarinet, which are made of die-cast metal, are then attached to the clarinet.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore