The front of the clarinet may be facing up, and the palm of the hand may be gently cradling the back of the joint just below the check in key. Then curve the hands around the front of the joint and press the keys so that the bridge mechanism opens or lifts. Doing this permits you to slip the lower joint bridge key under the upper joint bridge key. Now hold the lower joint in the correct hand, toward the lower end of the joint, with no extreme force on the keys or rods. Make sure that each one corks are sufficiently lubricated with cork grease. Twist the joints together in a back andforth motion, instead of by turning the lower joint in a round motion. The joints should slide easily together, and the rings in the front could be in line. After inserting the higher and lower joints in combination, twist the bell into place and then the barrel. The barrel has a small and a huge end, and although it is likely apparent to you, make certain that your youngest scholars place the barrel on in the accurate direction, with the larger side of the barrel fitting onto the upper joint. Finally, place the mouthpiece on the barrel, after which the ligature and reed, in that order. Remember to maintain the tenons well greased with good, clean cork grease, but do not allow an excessive amount of of it to building up on the cork.