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What is Bb clarinet?

What is Bb clarinet?

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Asked by G. Horace, Last updated: Feb 13, 2020

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G. Roland

G. Roland, Professor, Austin

Answered Aug 10, 2018

The Bb is the most common and important clarient. It is part of the family of clarinet. BB clarinet is also referred to as soprano clarinet or B - flat clarinet. The Bb clarinet is the most popular clarinet, it is regarded as the normal clarinet.This type of clarient is common among beginners.

It is mostly used in orchestras, classical, jazz and bands performances. It is also use in schools and marching bands. Keep in mind that the Bb clarinet is not the only soprano clarinet. The A and C clarinet are also soprano clarinets. The Bb clarinet has a rich sound. The Bb is the most common clarinet.

 

E. Stanley

E. Stanley, Technical writer, Indianapolis

Answered Aug 07, 2018

The Bb clarinet (read: B-flat clarinet) is also known as the soprano clarinet. It is often used in concert and marching bands in addition to being the first clarinet many players learn. The Bb clarinet is sometimes also referred to as the 'normal' clarinet because it is the one that is seen most often.

The Bb clarinet is very close in sound to the A clarinet and the two can even use the same mouthpieces and reeds.

 

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