How to Draw a Clarinet

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The clarinet is a woodwind instrument. It is played by blowing through the mouthpiece and pressing keys to form different notes. A single reed is attached to the mouthpiece. It is the vibration of this reed that produces the sound.

It is thought that the clarinet was invented in Germany around the year 1700. The name "clarinet" likely comes from the French terms for trumpet, as this new instrument made playing the high notes written for trumpet players much easier. Early clarinets may have sounded more like the trumpet. Today, clarinets are used by soloists, marching bands, and orchestras.

Did you know? There are at least 12 different kinds of clarinet, but the B-flat clarinet is the most popular. Most are made of wood, but all-metal clarinets also exist. Since its invention, the clarinet has inspired many famous composers, including Mozart and Brahms, to write music specifically for this instrument.

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Would you like to draw a clarinet? This easy, step-by-step musical instrument drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Clarinet

How to Draw Clarinet: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing two straight lines. The lines should diverge slightly from each other, and they should not touch. This represents the upper and lower joints of the clarinet.

How to Draw Clarinet: Step 2

2. Draw three short, parallel lines across the bottom of the clarinet. Connect them at the ends using short, curved lines. This is the area that joins the bell to the lower joint.

How to Draw Clarinet: Step 3

3. Draw two curved lines emerging from the bottom of the clarinet. The lines should diverge outward. Connect them using a curved line, forming the bell of the clarinet.

How to Draw Clarinet: Step 4

4. Draw a curved line parallel to the bottom of the bell of the clarinet, representing the typical silver-colored rim.

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How to Draw Clarinet: Step 5

5. Draw three short parallel lines across the top of the clarinet. Attach them at each end using short, curved lines. This is called the barrel joint. Then, draw a rounded "V" shaped line at the top of the clarinet, forming the mouthpiece.

How to Draw Clarinet: Step 6

6. Draw a short line across the top of the mouthpiece. Then, draw two small "U" shaped lines on the outside of the mouthpiece and one within it. This forms the ligature, the device used to attach the reed to the mouthpiece.

How to Draw Clarinet: Step 7

7. Enclose several curved shapes along the clarinet's upper joint, just below the barrel joint. Erase existing lines as necessary. These are the first of the clarinet's keys.

How to Draw Clarinet: Step 8

8. Draw straight lines parallel to the sides of the upper and lower joint, both inside and just outside of the figure. Attach them to the clarinet with circular shapes at some of their ends. Draw a few small circles within the lower joint. These represent additional keys.

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How to Draw Clarinet: Step 9

9. Draw small circles and sets of parallel lines within the lower joint, erasing existing lines as necessary.

How to Draw Clarinet: Step 10

Color your clarinet. The instrument is typically black with silver-colored keys and accents.

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