When reading clarinet sheet music, it's important to know that the clarinet reads from the treble staff. Learn how to read a treble staff with help from an elementary school music teacher in this free video on clarinets.
Hi, I'm Brandie Suchevich. I teach music in elementary school, and today I'm going to show you how to read notes on the clarinet. For this segment, you will need a clarinet and sheet music. The clarinet reads from the treble staff. Other instruments you read from the treble staff are the higher sounding woodwind instruments and the higher sounding brass instruments. The lower sounding instruments usually read from the bass clef, and to tell if an instrument is reading from the treble clef, you look at the sign over here. Now, notes on a staff can either be on a line or in a space, and the line notes use some random letters that are hard to remember at first, but if you use a special acronym, it can help you to remember them. From the bottom to the top they read, E, G, B, D, F, but if you put words to them like every good boy does fine, they're much easier to remember. The space notes for the clarinet read F, A, C and E, and if you put them together, they spell face. Now, I'll show you how to play these notes. Starting with the line notes from bottom to top, the first line E is played with your left thumb and pointer finger, G on the second line has no fingers down. The third line, B, you use your left thumb, one, two, three in your left hand, one, two, three, four in your right hand, and then also in your left, you add your pinky finger. For fourth line, D, all you do is pick up both of your pinky fingers. For fifth line, F, you pick up two more fingers so now you have thumb, one, two, three and pointer finger. For the third, fourth and fifth space, along with those fingers, you also want to push the register key in the back. That's only for the third, fourth and fifth lines. For the spaces from bottom to top, F, A, C and E. For F, you use only your left thumb. For A, you pick up your thumb and use only the side of your pointer finger on the top key. For C, you'll put down your thumb on both of those keys, one, two, three and in your right hand, one, two, three and four. For the top space line, E, you would pick up in your right hand your pointer, your pinky and ring finger. And those are the basic notes of the clarinet.