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.
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.
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 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.