The barrel has a small and a huge end, and although it is probably obvious to you, make sure that your youngest students place the barrel on in the accurate course, with the bigger side of the barrel fitting onto the higher joint. Finally, place the mouthpiece on the barrel, after which the ligature and reed, in that order. Remember to keep the tenons well greased with good, clean cork grease, but do not allow too much of it to build up on the cork. Instead, wipe excess grease off before making use of more so that it does not get sticky. Use only the quantity of cork grease you'll need in order to get a smooth, easy connection, and try this only when it turns into challenging to slip the tenons in combination. Disassembly should follow the opposite order. Be sure that your scholar keeps to carry the clarinet as during meeting, raising the bridge key before twisting the joints apart. Whether playing a wood clarinet or a plastic model, it is healthier to disassemble the clarinet once possible so that the corks are not constantly pressed, which can cause loose, wobbly tenons and eventual leaks and stuffiness. Clean each joint completely with a cotton handkerchief or silk swab. The swab might be pulled in the course of the clarinet from bottom to top — or from the bell to the barrel — but aren't be pulled through the mouthpiece. Make sure that all water is absolutely removed from the tenons by wiping these areas with the swab.