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Fun Clarinet Backing Tracks and Play-Alongs

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Tim teaches musical instruments in schools and colleges. He also plays the trumpet in several bands and arranges and publishes music.

Clarinet Play-Alongs

Clarinet Play-Alongs

Clarinet Solo Play-Alongs

Here you will find a collection of free play-alongs and backing tracks for solo clarinet in Bb. Each video plays the piano backing track along with the sheet music for the clarinet so you can follow and play along.

Playing with a backing track cannot only make your practise more fun, but it can also help keep you play in time and develop your ensemble skills. These clarinet solos would also make excellent concert items, and the sheet music is available if you wish to perform them.

I have arranged several clarinet solos with a wide variety of styles, including Christmas, jazz, folk, ragtime, and more!

Clarinet Backing Tracks and Play-Alongs

Free clarinet in Bb music backing tracks.

Song Title

Genre

1. "The Entertainer"

Ragtime

2. "Danny Boy"

Irish Trad.

3. "St James' Infirmary"

Blues

4. "O Holy Night"

Christmas

5. "The Drunken Sailor"

Sea Shanty

6. "The Banana Boat Song"

Jamaican Work Song/Calyso

7. "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star"

Children's Song/Classical

8. "Yellow Bird"

Calypso

9. "William Tell"

Operatic Overture

10. "Kalinka"

Russian Folk Song

11. "Scotland The Brave"

Scottish Traditional

12. "La Cucaracha"

Spanish/Mexican Trad

13. "Mango Walk"

Calypso

14. "Greensleeves"

English Traditional

15. "The Daisy Bell"

English Children's Song

16. "Scarborough Fair"

English Traditional

17. "Ten Green Bottles"

English Children's Song

18. "The Skye Boat Song"

Scottish Traditional

19. "Amazing Grace in Blue"

Hymn/Spiritual/Blues

1. "The Entertainer"—Scott Joplin

"The Entertainer" is Scott Joplin's most famous piano rag and was written in 1902. This well known tune was used on the 1970's film "The Sting". This arrangement has been adapted for clarinet in Bb and piano. The clarinet part has been written to an intermediate standard which is about grade 3.

2. "Danny Boy"—Irish Traditional

"Danny Boy" is a famous song written in 1910 by Fred Weatherly. It's lyrics was set to the traditional Irish tune "The Londonderry Air." It became popular during the First World War as the song depicts a soldier leaving for war. This arrangement has been written for solo clarinet in Bb and piano. The clarinet part has been written to an intermediate standard which is about grade 3.

3. "St James' Infirmary"

"St James' Infirmary" is a traditional New Orleans Funeral March. This arrangement starts with Chopin's Funeral March which then becomes the accompanying figure. The piece becomes more jazzy and intense as it progresses. This arrangement has been written for solo clarinet in Bb and piano. The clarinet part has been written to an intermediate standard which is about grade 3.

4. "O Holy Night"—Adolphe Adams

"O Holy Night" is a famous Christmas song written by Adolphe Adams in 1847. The song is based on the French poem "Minuit, Chrétiens" which reflects on the birth of Jesus. This arrangement has been written for solo clarinet in Bb and piano. The clarinet part has been written to an intermediate standard which is about grade 3.

5. "The Drunken Sailor" — Traditional Sea Shanty

"The Drunken Sailor" is a traditional sea shanty. Songs where often sang to help the sailors keep in time when doing jobs onboard. This work song is thought to have originated in the early 19th century but became a poplar song amongst non sailors early in the 20th century.

This easy to play clarinet solo is played twice with a counter melody of a hornpipe in the backing track. This arrangement has been written in the lower register below the break.

6. "The Banana Boat Song" — Traditional Calypso

"The Banana Boat Song" is traditional Jamaican work song. This song, also known as "Day-O", was also covered by Harry Belafonte in 1956 and in 1979 Harry famously performed this song on the muppet show. This song has also featured in the 1988 film "Beetle Juice"

This clarinet solo is fairly easy to play and has been written in the lower register below the break.

7. "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star —Traditional

"Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" is a well known lullaby which is sung to the tune of the a traditional French song. A common misconception is that Mozart wrote "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star". Although this is not true he did compose 12 variations on the theme.

This easy to play clarinet solo features a variation on 2nd verse and has been written in the lower register below the break.

8. "Yellow Bird" —Traditional Calypso

"Yellow Bird" is set to the Haitian lyrical poem "Chouccoune". This fun to play calypso song is about a lady who has "flown" away.

This clarinet solo is fairly easy to play and has been written in the lower register below the break.

9. "William Tell" — Rossini

This is the overture from Rossini's 39th opera, the "William Tell". This music is often associated with horse riding and was the theme for the "Lone Ranger".

This clarinet solo is easy to play and has been written in the lower register below the break.

10. "Kalinka" — Russian Traditional

"Kalinka" is a famous Russian folk song that gradually gets faster. This song was famously used in the game Tetris and now it's now known as the "Tetris Theme". This clarinet solo is easy to play and has been written in the lower register below the break.

11. "Scotland The Brave" — Scottish Traditional

Often played on bagpipes the patriotic song "Scotland the Brave" is an unofficial Scottish Anthem. Often played by military bands this song has featured on TV and Films.

This clarinet solo is moderately easy to play and features a counter melody in the accompaniment on the repeat. The clarinet part has been written in the lower register below the break.

12. "The Cucaracha"—Traditional

"The Cucaracha" is a traditional Spanish song about a Cockroach. This tune is very popular in Mexico and is often played by Mariachi bands. This clarinet solo is fairly easy to play and has been written in the lower register below the break.

13. "Mango Walk" —Traditional

"Mango Walk" is a traditional Jamaican song about fruit picking. A "Mango Walk" is an orchard and a number 11 is a variety of mango. This clarinet solo is fairly easy to play and has been written in the lower register below the break.

14. "Greensleeves" — English Traditional

"Greensleeves" is a famous English traditional folk song which is thought to be credited to Henry VIII. Shakespeare refers to the tune Greensleeves twice in "The Merry Wives of Windsor". This clarinet solo is written in a dorian minor and has been written in the lower register below the break.

15. "The Daisy Bell" —Traditional

"The Daisy Bell" is a popular British song written in 1892 by Harry Dacre. This Victorian song in triple time is also known as "Daisy Daisy". This clarinet solo is fairly easy to play and has been written in the lower register below the break.

16. "Scarborough Fair" — English Traditional

"Scarborough Fair" is a traditional English folk song which was famously covered by Simon and Garfunkel in the 1960's. The origins of the song can be traced back as early as 1670! This clarinet solo is fairly easy to play and has been written in the lower register below the break.

17. "Ten Green Bottles" —Traditional

"Ten Green Bottles" is a popular Children's song in the UK. This clarinet solo is moderately easy to play and features a variation on the 2nd verse. The clarinet part is written in the lower register below the break.

18. "The Skye Boat Song" — Scottish Traditional

The 'Skye Boat Song" is a traditional Scottish folk tune from the 19th century. This arrangement for solo clarinet depicts the sea and is fairly easy to play. The clarinet part has been written in the lower register below the break.

19. "Amazing Grace in Blue" — Spiritual

This arrangement of the popular hymn has been "jazzed up" and gets progressively more bluesy as the song progresses. This clarinet solo is fairly easy to play and has been written in the lower register below the break.

More Music!

I regularly write and arrange new music for clarinet and other instruments too, so please come back to check out what is new!

I would love to hear what clarinet solos you would like to play and would like me to arrange next. Please comment below and leave some great suggestions!

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