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Clarinet Scales
Clarinet Scales, Arpeggios, and Technical Exercises
by Kyle Coughlin

Please feel free to download and print any of the scale sheets on this page. Also, check out the helpful suggestions on how to practice scales.

 

Lower Register Scales and Exercises:

Lower Register Major half-scales up to three sharps and three flats.
These exercises are a good way to start working on scales before you cross the break into the upper register. They are not complete scales, but they feature the first five notes of each major scale. The built-in repetition of each exercise will help you develop smooth finger motion.

Lower Register Minor half-scales up to three sharps and three flats.
Similar to the major half-scales, these feature the first five notes of minor scales.

Lower Register Scales for the Clarinet.
A selection of major, minor, and chromatic scales, all written in the lower register. Each scale uses simple quarter note or eighth note rhythms.

Major Scales:

All major scales in two octaves using quarter notes and eighth notes, using accidentals.

All major scales in two octaves using quarter and eighth notes, with key signatures.

All major scales, over the entire range of the clarinet. These scales are written in sixteenth notes, use key signatures, and cover the entire, basic range of the clarinet from low E to high G.

Minor Scales:

All natural minor scales in two octaves with accidentals.
All natural minor scales in two octaves with key signatures.

All melodic minor scales in two octaves with accidentals.
All melodic minor scales in two octaves with key signatures.

All harmonic minor scales in two octaves with accidentals.
All harmonic minor scales in two octaves with key signatures.

Chromatic technical exercises:

Each of these pages has three different exercises to help you improve your technique using the alternate chromatic keys.
Alternate chromatic fingering exercise for the “fork” B key.
Alternate chromatic fingering exercise for side F sharp.
Alternate chromatic fingering exercise for the “fork” F sharp key.

Chromatic scales:

Chromatic scales in the lower register, as well as two exercises to improve the flexibility and technique of your pinkies.

Several chromatic scales in one, two, and three octaves. The last scale covers the complete basic range of the clarinet.

Arpeggios:

Two octave major arpeggio exercises in all keys.
Two octave minor arpeggio exercises in all keys.

Understanding transposition

 

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