Clarinet Quotes

Here, we’ve compiled a list of the best Clarinet Quotes from famous persons: Anat Cohen, Lee Konitz, Bart Millard, Steve Lacy, Kamasi Washington. The wide variety of quotes available makes it possible to find a quote to suit your needs. You’ve likely heard some of the Clarinet Quotes before, but that’s because they truly are great.

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The clarinet has always been my baby. I just didn’t know that for a while.
Benny Goodman was one of the big influences as a clarinet player. That’s why I wanted the clarinet.
Lee Konitz
Some old people, they remember that they used to play clarinet, and they remember the squeaks of the clarinet. But I don’t play like that.
Clarinet is often associated with certain genres, like swing or folk music. I combine the old and new, using the clarinet as an expressive tool and not in one genre. I’m just happy that people are drawn to what I do.
When I play the clarinet, I am 100 percent myself. It is as if it is part of my body. I can play whatever I think. Let me just read a melody and make it as sweet as I can.
Yeah, musically, from a production standpoint my favorite is probably ‘Have a Little Talk with Jesus‘. Just the way it turned out production wise with the clarinet and everything, it sounds like something from a movie.
The soprano has all those other instruments in it. It’s got the soprano song voice, flute, violin, clarinet, and tenor elements and can even approach the baritone in intensity.
Clarinet is an incredible instrument. It’s a great, expressive instrument.
I was hearing music in my head and trying to play it on the clarinet, but it didn’t match.’ Then, literally the first day, it did with the saxophone. I was like, ‘Oh man, that’s what I’ve been trying to do; this is what it’s supposed to sound like.’
When I got into high school, clarinet was not really in fashion. Everybody had electric bands.
It couldn’t have been more nerdy or bizarre, playing the clarinet. But I studied classical clarinet, went to the high school for music and art in New York City, and then found the guitar and the mandolin after it.
We decided to do some of Merle’s things with modern instrumentation. We used a flute, a bass clarinet, a trumpet, a clarinet, drums, a guitar, vibes and a piano.
Tennessee Ernie Ford
I played the flute in elementary school, but when I got into high school, they didn’t have any flutes; they gave me a clarinet and said, ‘Play it in the same way, just hold in a different position.’ I really didn’t care much for it.
Cynthia Robinson
I’m working really hard to get the clarinet out of that hole, that Benny Goodman thing.
I just love crafting and shaping sounds. Actually, many of the sounds that I work with start off as organic instruments – guitar, piano, clarinet, etc. But I do love the rigidity of electronic drums.
The guitar is such an incredible instrument; it plays classical, flamenco, jazz, country, bluegrass, rock, acid, blues. You’ll never see a clarinet playing Black Sabbath. But you will see a guitar in a clarinet band playing rhythm. It is the most popular instrument in the world; it is the one everybody loves.
The clarinet chose me more than I chose the clarinet.
I understood that if I wanted to work, the saxophone was the main instrument. The clarinet was what we call a double.
Lee Konitz
It’s important to recognize how special New Orleans is. You play the snare drum or the clarinet in any other city, and you’d be considered a nerd, but here, there’s no shame in it, and it’s absolutely valued.
Irvin Mayfield
We still have to overcome the notion that a clarinet squeaks. People need to remember what a beautiful instrument it is, including in popular music.
I began with dance, doing ballet at 3, then tap, jazz, modern. Then I sang in church choirs, learned how to play clarinet and drums, sang with rock bands and only then did I get into musical theatre.
So the ideology was that: use sounds as instruments, as sounds on tape, without the causality. It was no longer a clarinet or a spring or a piano, but a sound with a form, a development, a life of its own.
Luc Ferrari
I play drums, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, piano.
I’ve played the clarinet since I was a kid. I love to sing, but I’m not much of a singer. Let’s say that when it comes to vocalizing, I have the soul of Billy Bigelow but the voice of Jigger Cragan.
Then when I was in grammar school I played the clarinet, and then, after clarinet I played the flute in college orchestrabesides singing in the college chorus and things like that.
My mother was an opera singer and my father is a clarinet player, composer and conductor.
Hildur Gudnadottir
As a musician, your instrument is almost predetermined. I had played drums, piano, clarinet, but when I heard Wayne Shorter play the saxophone, I knew that sound is what I wanted.
I look at my clarinet sometimes and I think, I wonder what’s going to come out of there tonight? You never know.
Acker Bilk
I would pass this music store on the way to school, and there was a clarinet in the window, a second-hand one. And I kept asking my parents to buy it, and eventually they did. I still have it now.
I used to play flute and clarinet at school, and although I wasn’t thinking about making a living or getting a pay cheque, I already knew I was going to play music all my life.
I find that classical music helps put me in a place that is very calming and allows me to express emotion through my body. I played clarinet as a child, so I guess I have a bit of a musical ear.
I was focusing on sax while at Berklee, but then I started to play Brazilian choro and Colombian music. I was doing more folkloric stuff on the clarinet because it works better. Finally, I realized I was working more on the clarinet than the saxophone, and I started to feel more comfortable on it.
I was improvising before I was reading music. I was just trying to play things on the clarinet by ear. I think my ear is one of my greatest assets.
Pete Fountain