The Clarinet

The Clarinet, by Zack

zack-clarinet-02I started playing the clarinet in late September of my 5th grade year (2009). I chose the clarinet because I really like the sound. It sounds like a hollow tube, and it sounds beautiful. I take band lessons at Christian Academy in Japan (CAJ) 3 times a week. I have a band teacher that teaches the whole class together. His name is Mr. Ekstrand. And I also have a private teacher once a week, and his name is Mr. Tarter. He is really nice, and I learn something new each time.

The clarinet consists of 5 parts when you take it apart. It looks like a black tube with many silver keys on it. I am renting mine from CAJ.

zack-clarinet-01The first song that I learned in September was called "Stranger on the Shore" by Acker Bilk. It was the song from the movie, "Mr. Holland's Opus." I learned it by listening to it many times on YouTube.

(Note from mom: I have to say here that Jeff and I were quite impressed! He had just begun playing, and he was able to listen to it and imitate it immediately on his own. I think he has a good ear for music! Now he has been playing for almost 4 months, and we think he's pretty good:) )

I like to play the Pink Panther theme song, and I love composing music, too. I have to practice for at least 20 minutes every day of the week.

I am very glad that I chose this instrument for band.

If you want to watch the video of Acker Bilk playing "Stranger on the Shore," the first song that I was inspired to learn, watch: