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23 Struggles All Clarinet Players Know Too Well


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2. When you develop a close and personal friendship with a particularly good reed.

3. And then when you take your favorite reed out right before a concert and it's CHIPPED!!

4. When your sheet music looks like the deranged scribblings of a maniac.

9. When you take apart your clarinet and the spit ... gets ... EVERYWHERE.

12. When you realize you've developed the ability to assess vast differences between seemingly identical three-inch slivers of wood.

14. When some fourth-chair in your band thinks he's Benny Goodman.

15. When you mix up your chapstick and your cork grease.

16. When you're worried you've been practicing so long that the teeth marks in your bottom lip are permanent.

17. When your marching band has to play on a cold day and this happens.

19. When you find out you have to play the E-flat part on a piece.


21. When you play the bass clarinet, NOT THE SAX.

23. When you pack your baby up for the day and every piece is nestled carefully in its velvet enclosure and you just look at it and smile.