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The bass clarinet

Joy Farrall explains what it's like to play the largest member of the clarinet family

The bass clarinet

Though it is really just a bigger version of the clarinet, the bass clarinet is for most purposes treated as a different instrument. In an orchestra very often there is a designated bass clarinet player.

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Joy Farrall

The bass clarinet plays an octave lower than the rest of the clarinet family and because of the length of its tube it has a different shape.

Joy Farrall has to play the bass clarinet quite a lot and she talks about its difference from its higher brothers. She also has some things to say about the role of the bass-clarinet-player and some of the difficulties of playing it in an orchestra.

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