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Beginning Clarinet Songbook
Lesson 1, Song 6

The Magic Goldfish

The Magic Goldfish


One day several young clarinet players were sitting around a pond, happily playing their clarinets. However, their reeds were old and worn out and as a result, their tone was beginning to suffer. They were becoming unhappy about this situation when a Magic Goldfish poked its head out of the water. "Why are you so sad when there is so much beautiful music to play?" said the Magic Goldfish.
"Our reeds are old and withered and we can't produce a good tone," replied the young clarinetists.
"Are you breathing deeply?" asked the Magic Goldfish.
"Yes, we always breathe deeply when we play the clarinet," the clarinetists said.
"Then I will provide you with new, excellent reeds so that you may produce a nice, full sound and be happy in all of your music making," said the Magic Goldfish, and he blinked his eyes and spoke in magical goldfish language. Then there was a great flash of light and they heard a deep humming noise that sounded like a thousand clarinets playing together. The young clarinetists looked at their mouthpieces and saw that they all had brand new reeds. They played a song called The Magic Goldfish and they were very happy again.

Helpful Suggestions

Sound: The Magic Goldfish includes C, D, and E in the lower register. You can find the fingerings here.

Clarinet Fingering Chart

Rhythm: The time signature for this song is four-four time, which means that there are four beats in a measure and the quarter note is equal to one beat. Play along with MetronomeBot's talking metronome in quadruple meter to keep a steady tempo.
The Magic Goldfish includes quarter notes and quarter rests.

MetronomeBot Talking Metronome in Four

Melody: Always breathe deeply at the beginning of the piece and also at the breath mark at the end of the fourth measure.


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