The 5 Best Beginner Clarinet Method Books for Adults to Buy in 2018

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You’re never too old to learn an instrument, and studying clarinet and other woodwinds is especially gratifying for adults. Here are some great beginning method books geared toward adults and more committed students. They are tried and true manuals — some of them nearly a century old — and great companions to formal lessons that can be useful if you are teaching yourself as well.

Rubank Elementary Method - Clarinet (Hovey)

This classic method book is ideal for kids and adults. It’s part of Hal Leonard Instructional Method series and is a favorite of many clarinet teachers. This instructional book is in standard notation and presents the lessons progressively with a pullout fingering chart to further guide students.

Celebrated Method for the Clarinet (Klosé)

A must for any serious clarinet student, this book covers the technical aspects of rhythm, articulation, chord practice, and more. There are hundreds of invaluable lessons to help beginning clarinetists become more skilled players. Some students may find this book a challenge as it progresses faster than other books.

Complete Method for the Clarinet (Langenus)

Gustave Langenus's Clarinet Method is three volumes and it’s one of the oldest clarinet method books in print. Teaches the basic concepts of clarinet playing and has a seriously detailed fingering chart to guide students.

Complete Method for Clarinet: First and Second Division (Baermann)

Carl Baermann’s classic is another standby for music teachers. Although a little more advanced than the other books, it’s a great supplement for students who have already started playing the clarinet but need to hone their skills and be challenged.

Method for Clarinet - Pt. I (Lazarus)

This book is the first of three volumes and the lessons are lighter and move in a slower pace than the other method books.