E-flat clarinet  

E-flat clarinet

The E-flat clarinet is a really tiny fellow, some people call it baby-clarinet. It is not much bigger than a recorder, and will sound very bright, almost as bright as the piccolo flute. It was constructed in the early days to replace the high trumpet or cornet. If you listen to a very skilled clarinettist playing the high register on the E-flat it will almost sound like the trumpet. This clarinet is so small it is often build in only 4 pieces (the bigger ones has 5). The middle joint is missing.

This is how you play the E-flat. Click on the image to view full size.

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