quote by Jack Brymer

The ability to play the clarinet is the ability to overcome the imperfections of the instrument. There's no such thing as a perfect clarinet, never was and never will be.

— Jack Brymer

Spectacular Clarinet quotations

The soprano has all those other instruments in it.

It's got the soprano song voice, flute, violin, clarinet, and tenor elements and can even approach the baritone in intensity.

I understood that if I wanted to work, the saxophone was the main instrument.

The clarinet was what we call a double.

Benny Goodman was one of the big influences as a clarinet player. That's why I wanted the clarinet.

I play drums, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, piano.


So the ideology was that: use sounds as instruments, as sounds on tape, without the causality. It was no longer a clarinet or a spring or a piano, but a sound with a form, a development, a life of its own.

Beauty and fullness of tone can be achieved by having the whole orchestra play with high clarinets and a carefully selected number of piccolos.

I was improvising before I was reading music.

I was just trying to play things on the clarinet by ear. I think my ear is one of my greatest assets.

I got in the school band and the school choir. It all hit me like a ton of bricks, everything just came out. I played percussion for a while, and stayed after school forever just tinkering around with different things, the clarinets and the violins.

Clarinet n. An instrument of torture operated by a person with cotton in his ears. There are two instruments worse than a clarinet – two clarinets.


Clarinets, like lawyers, have cases, mouthpieces, and they need a constant supply of hot air in order to function.

The saxophone was created to mimic the human voice and I think that's why I gravitated toward the saxophone eventually. I'd loved the clarinet, but there's something about the saxophone that just grabs you.

I did all you can do with a clarinet. Any more would have been less.

When I first met Benny Goodman he wouldn't talk about anything but clarinets, mouthpieces, reeds, etc. When I tried to change the subject, he said 'But that's what we have in common. We both play clarinet.' I said, 'No, Benny, that's where we're different. You play clarinet, I play music.'

Notes, usually to be musical, have to move in or out. They don't sound like clarinets!


I was not a band geek, per say. But me and my two older sisters played instruments, so I would come home and my sister Dana would be playing the clarinet or playing the piano, and I would play the saxophone, my other sister would be singing, my mom would be singing. I was not afraid to be musical. That was not something that I thought was uncool.

Listening to Benny [Goodman] talk about the clarinet was like listening to a surgeon get hung up on a scalpel.

The oboe sounds like a clarinet with a cold.

It (the double-clarinet in India) was primarily used for snake charming, since the snake would do almost anything to get the Indians to stop playing it.

I've played the clarinet since I was a kid.

I love to sing, but I'm not much of a singer. Let's say that when it comes to vocalizing, I have the soul of Billy Bigelow but the voice of Jigger Cragan.


Ted Lewis could make the clarinet talk. What it said was put me back in the case!

Actually, when I was very young, first starting to play, I think I probably listened more to clarinet players than to saxophones.

I've been writing music since I was 9.

I took harmony and counterpoint classes when I was studying the clarinet. So, I've been writing for an awfully long time. It just became part of everyday life.

A lot of the musicians asked me if when I hit my high-Cs on the records I had a clarinet take the notes. Some [thought] I had invented some kind of gadget so I could play high register. They weren't satisfied until they handed me a trumpet that they had with them and had me swing it. Then they cheered.

Benny Goodman plays the clarinet. I play music.


Many were starting to use computerized synthesizers & drum machines to produce an entirely new style of music. It was being punted by the critics that the guitar was old hat; I was reminded of the way my father & his clarinets were written off in the late Fifties.

I spend a lot of time idly. I go to sporting events, play my clarinet. I practise. But if you work every day, a certain amount on a steady basis, the work accumulates.

I always imagined music trapped inside my clarinet, not trapped inside of me.

But what if music is what escapes when a heart breaks?

It is possible to enjoy the Mozart concerto without being able to play the clarinet. In fact, you can learn to be an expert connoisseur of music without being able to play a note on any instrument. Of course, music would come to a halt if nobody ever learned to play it. But if everybody grew up thinking that music was synonymous with playing it, think how relatively impoverished many lives would be. Couldn't we learn to think of science in the same way?

I started off playing the clarinet, after I was inspired by listening to my dad's Benny Goodman records.


No birdcall is the musical equal of a clarinet blown with panache.

We decided to do some of Merle's things with modern instrumentation.

We used a flute, a bass clarinet, a trumpet, a clarinet, drums, a guitar, vibes and a piano.

You can sweat by not practicing or you can pick up your clarinet.

There's good sweat and there's bad sweat.

I was already playing the clarinet and the piano.

My father's a piano player. But I wanted to play in a funk band, and the clarinet wasn't fit. So you was "Hey, man, can I sit in?" They're like, "No, man." So I started fooling around with the bass.

When I was a little kid, I saw a guy with one of those cancer clarinets, and I flipped out. I totally flipped out. I said to my mom, "Mom, what is that thing?" And she happened to know, too, which was the oddest thing. She said, "That's a Bell Telephone artificial larynx, for men that had their voice boxes removed because of cancer." I was like, "Wow." And I couldn't wait to get one. I didn't get one 'til I was all grown up and everything.

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