Polishing the KeysIn most cases, sprucing the keys has little affect on the playability of a clarinet, and doing so will just keep it looking out nice. However, if maintaining the look of your clarinet is important, then it is a good concept to wipe down the keys with a sharpening cloth after each consultation. People with more acidic perspiration
should especially do this because of exceedingly higher risk of tarnish. For clarinets with silver plated keys, this will hold the shine for far longer, but for clarinets with nickel or nickel silver keys, wiping them down can actually avoid the acidity on your hands from dissolving the metal. Beginners – I put them on the low F and low E keys – home place – once the instrument is assembled. I tell the children to always keep their pinkies on the dots. It makes for quick reminders “Touch the dots!” and gives them a visual of something to the touch. It also ensures that all of the students have their pinkies on the accurate keys. Then as you teach them new keys identical to the low F key that you could be put a dot on that one so they are sure they're playing the right kind one. Sometimes they fall off after a few days dependent on the contraptions and that’s ok – it’s more that they're able to visualize what you mean if youin case you say “Touch the dots. ”CLARINET PODCAST and RESOURCE WEBSITEA 1999 music training graduate
of WTAMU, Tamarie Sayger held band director positions in Plano and Odessa, TX for 5 years.