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The clarinet, a single-reed instrument played by blowing into a mouthpiece, comes in a number of different sizes, and the standard B-flat clarinet is just over 2 feet long.
The clarinet is played by holding it upright, blowing through the mouthpiece and reed, and using the hands to change the pitches by opening and closing the keys with your fingers.
Due to its sheer versatility, the clarinet is featured in genres that range from classical and jazz to military and marching bands. Closely associated with early jazz and Dixieland music, the clarinet quickly became a staple of Big Band and Swing music.
Included in the clarinet family are soprano, bass, B flat, and E flat clarinets, each producing a slightly different sound.