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How to Hold the Clarinet
Fig. 84 shows how a clarinet or "licorice stick," as it is called
by swing band players, is held when you are going to play it.
The fingers of the left hand rest on the upper keys and holes,
and the left arm should be held several inches clear of the
body for freedom of movement.
The fingers of the right hand rest on the lower keys and
holes, and the right elbow should be held a little away from the
body. The right thumb should press slightly upward against
the thumb rest to balance and support the instrument.