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with the thumb hole closed and the right first finger on keys
J and K.
The other notes are all made with the thumb hole open. For
B you press down key B (Fig. 85) with your left first finger.
For A you press down key A (Fig. 85) with your left first
finger. For Bb you press down key A with your left first finger
and the octave key with your left thumb.
The higher notes are shown, together with their fingering,
in Fig. 87. The numbers and letters in the columns are arranged
exactly as in Fig. 85, to which you can refer to locate holes and
keys. These notes are all played with the thumb hole closed and
the octave key open.
The higher notes require a little more pressure on the reed to
bring them out clearly.
Playing the Clarinet
The average person has little difficulty in learning how to
finger the notes. What takes practice is learning how to make
a good tone and this comes about gradually as you play and
practice holding long-sustained notes.
As with any other instrument you can start to play tunes
and melodies just as soon as you learn to read and finger the
notes. Your progress is really entirely up to you. It always
helps, though, if you have musical friends with whom to play.
Start your practicing with the middle register notes and
those just below them, and play them up and down the scale
until you know them. Then try out some simple tunes and go
on from there at your own pace.