Overlap the portion of the bridge key on the lower joint. Twist slowly. You’re trying to avoid from the bridge key scraping against the metal on the lower joint. Sometimes there is a thin piece of cork protecting the metal underneath the bridge key. By pushing down the key mechanism, you avoid scraping that piece of cork off.
6. Put your ligature on the mouthpiece. Make sure that the screws are on the right. There are several ligatures that are reversible, meaning the screw can be on the left.
1. Unscrew the screws on the ligature to loosen the reed. Slide the reed out of the ligature and take it out. Put the reed away making sure the tip of the reed doesn’t catch on the edge of the reed case.
2. Next, hold the ligature on one of your fingers (making sure not to smash it) and twist the mouthpiece off. Put the mouthpiece and ligature away. These are the most fragile pieces of your clarinet.
3. Hold your clarinet with your left hand on the tone holes of the upper joint as though you were going to play a Low C. Then twist the barrel off of the upper joint. Put the barrel away.
4. Next up, push down the key mechanism on the upper joint (again, like you were playing Low C) and slightly twist off the upper joint. Be careful with the pinky keys on the lower joint AND THE BRIDGE KEY!!!!!
5. Finally put your right hand on the tone holes of the lower joint and twist the bell off. Put the bell and the lower joint away.
Close the case making sure that the latches work.