Acoustics of the clarinet

A clarinet


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a key depressed
a key not depressed
a hole covered
a hole uncovered
a part of the mechanism that is not normally touched
Details in fingering legend.

Acoustic schematic
a closed tone hole
an open tone hole

Non-specialist introduction to acoustic impedance
Non-specialist introduction to clarinet acoustics

Notes are the written pitch.
Frequencies are the sounding frequency, for an A clarinet.
This impedance spectrum is for an A clarinet.

Impedance spectrum of an A clarinet measured using fingering for E6.
This compares with the impedance spectrum for a Bb clarinet.


Sound spectrum of an A clarinet played using fingering for E6.
For more explanation, see Introduction to clarinet acoustics

Sound Clip

You can hear E6 played on an A clarinet.

Fingering legend
How were these results obtained?

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