Clarinet assembly could look and feel like a big task when you first open your case, but in will become easier and easier every time that you put your instrument together. Because the instrument has fragile parts, be sure to be care not to bend or break any of the keys.
- Place the case on the floor or a table. These surfaces are much more sturdy so that you do not drop the pieces inside. Do not open the case up on your lap. Make sure that the latches open to the ceiling. Most cases have a thin lid and a thicker body.
- Open up your case. If you notice, all of the keys are facing up and the rods are pointed to the back of the case.
- Pick up the lower joint. Use your right hand to pick up the lower joint. Your palm should be facing the keys. Make sure to keep your hand below the rings and the bottom keys so that you don’t accidentally bend the keys.
- Pick up the upper joint. Use your left hand to grab the upper joint with your palm facing the ceiling. The back side has the register key.
- Now it is time to attach the two parts. Take your left middle finger and press the round metal key on the front of the upper joint. This should raise the bridge key and get it ready to connect over the lower joint. Rest the cork end of the lower joint on your leg and place the upper joint into the lower joint and make small pushing and twisting motions until the keys line up. That bridge key should line up with the matching piece on the lower joint.
- Time to put on the bell. Take your right hand and grab the bottom part of the lower joint. Take the bell in your left hand and then twist and push the bell onto the lower joint.
- Now take the mouthpiece/barrel combo and put it on to the upper joint. Hold the upper joint with your left hand and twist and push the barrel in. If your barrel has a logo on it, line it up with the logo on the upper joint.