Yes, send me my free clarinet articles and clarinet sheet music, starting today! Join our crazy, fun clarinet community...
First Name:
Visit our Clarinet Sheet Music Online Library!

 Clarinet Sheet Music Online    Clarinet Sheet Music Online    Clarinet Sheet Music Online    Clarinet Sheet Music Online
b flat clarinet, clarinet family, soprano clarinet
home :: articles

The b flat clarinet: the most famous member of the clarinet family

The b flat clarinet is the instrument most people think of when the word clarinet is mentioned. The most widely used of the clarinet family, this mellow and agile instrument is favored for band, jazz and orchestral music, and has a wide solo repertoire. This type of clarinet is referred to as being in b flat due to when a note written as c is played the sound that comes out is actually a b flat.

The clarinet has a wide range, able to play from D3 (D below middle C) to B flat 6 (B flat more than two octaves above middle C). The different registers (range of notes) on the clarinet have different names. The lower register is known as the chalumeau register, in reference to the instrument that was a precursor to the clarinet. The middle register is known as the throat register, and the upper register is the clarinet register.

The b flat member of the clarinet family has a rich brilliant tone and is extremely agile – for an example of this, listen to the clarinet ‘smear’ at the beginning of Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody in Blue’.

This clarinet is also well suited to velvety legato phrases, which often appear in the clarinet music of composers such as Brahms and Mozart. Such flexibility and mellowness means that the b flat version of the clarinet is suited for both large ensembles such as orchestras or big bands, as well as small groupings like wind quintets and Dixieland bands.

For more information about other services and products choose from one of the following links:

Clarinet and Piano
Find a huge selection of new clarinet music. Leave the old habits and explore some new composers. Build a fresh repertoire.

Clarinet Study
For starters and advanced players. Everybody has to practice!

Clarinet Solo
Modern works, ready to perform on stage. Great for your concerts!

Music for clarinet groups and clarinet choir
A lot of new enthusiastic groups and clarinet choirs were founded during the last decade. The problem is always to find suitable music. Look into our catalogue!

Fingering Chart
Find an accurate fingering chart. Can be used by the beginners and the advanced players!


About the Author:

written by Natalia Forrest


Please look at our big collection of articles about the clarinet. They are written by amateurs, professionals, writers and musician. If you feel like it, please send your related article(s) to

Every article that is published will show your name and a short CV. If you wish, you can link to your own website. So be sure to add the correct data!

In the mean time you can enjoy the articles of other clarinet enthusiasts and visit our catalogues of immediate downloadable sheet music ...



Site Ads


Site Resources

Webmasters, submit your site to for possible inclusion in our directory.

Share this site by pasting this code on your site.

Read our term of use and privacy statements.

Visit our partner listings.

For quick browsing of our site visit our site map.