• This site utilizes Scientific Pitch Notation.  C4 refers to middle C, therefore the range of the clarinet is from E3 to C7

  • The clarinet has 3 range categories: chalumeau, clarion, and altissimo.  Occasionally a fourth, throat tones, is added.  Chalumeau refers to the range of E3 to Bb4 (throat tones would include G4 to Bb4).  Clarion refers to B4 to C6 and Altissimo refers to C#6 to C7.

  • Three types of meters are discussed on this site: simple, compound, and asymmetric.  Simple refers to meters with a duple subdivision (i.e. 4/4, 2/4, 2/2, etc).  Compound refers to meters with triple subdivision (i.e. 6/8, 9/8, 12/8, etc).  Asymmetric refers to any meter that contains a combination of duple and triple subdivision (i.e. 7/8, 5/8, 8/8,etc).

  • The term “tempo fluctuation” refers to any direction to alter the tempo in a piece.  This would include ritard, accelerando, rallentando, and other similar terms.

  • Definitions of rhythm difficulty levels: Simple includes basic rhythms up to sixteenth notes and triplets.  Simple dotted rhythms are also included.  Intermediate introduces simple syncopation, some 32nd notes, quarter note triplets, subdivided counting, and similar rhythms. Advanced introduces more difficult syncopation, rhythms that place 6 or more notes on one beat, triple rhythms against duple (possible between clarinet and accompaniment), and other advanced rhythms.

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