Bass Clarinet, Instrument

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Family

Woodwinds

Description

The three branches of the woodwind family have different sources of sound. Vibrations begin when air is blown across the top of an instrument, across a single reed, or across two reeds. Reeds are small pieces of cane. A single reed is clamped to a mouthpiece at the top of the instrument and vibrates against the mouthpiece when air is blown between the reed and the mouthpiece. Two reeds tied together are commonly known as a double reed. This double reed fits into a tube at the top of the instrument and vibrates when air is forced between the two reeds.

The bass clarinet is a larger and lower sounding relative of the clarinet. Like the clarinet, the bass clarinet is a single-reed instrument and is made of wood.