Polishing the KeysIn most cases, sharpening the keys has little affect on the playability of a clarinet, and doing so will just keep it looking nice. However, if keeping up the look of your clarinet is critical, then it is really useful to wipe down the keys with a polishing cloth after each session. People with more acidic perspiration should especially do this as a result of significantly increased risk of tarnish. For clarinets with silver plated keys, this will hold the shine for much longer, but for clarinets with nickel or nickel silver keys, wiping them down can actually keep away from the acidity in your hands from dissolving the metal. Beginners – I put them on the low F and coffee E keys – home place – once the tool is assembled. I tell the kids to always keep their pinkies on the dots. It makes for speedy reminders “Touch the dots!” and gives them a visible of anything to touch. It also ensures that all the students have their pinkies on the accurate keys. Then as you teach them new keys like the low F key you could put a dot on that one so they are sure they are gambling the proper one. Sometimes they fall off after a few days depending on the instruments and that’s ok – it’s more that they're able to visualize what you mean for those who say “Touch the dots. ”CLARINET PODCAST and RESOURCE WEBSITEA 1999 music education graduate of WTAMU, Tamarie Sayger held band director positions in Plano and Odessa, TX for 5 years.