The alto clarinet is pitched in E flat and sounds one octave lower than
the little baby E-flat clarinet. It is mostly used to replace or complement
the 3rd part of a quartet. It's beautiful sound is perfect in small ensembles
(clarinet choires), especially together with the Bass clarinet. The Alto is
not easy to play, and it takes a few hours to adapt to the larger size. It will also
take a while to learn how to intonate and play in tune.
You need to have a strap around your neck to carry the instrument while playing
or some variants has a floor peg like the bass clarinet.
The picture below shows how you play the alto. Click on the image to show full size.
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This page was updated 1998-11-16.
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