Musicians don't say a trumpeter trumpets either. Trumpeting is the noise made by an elephant or a trumpeter swan. Drumming is what you do when you strike your fingers against the table repeatedly.What's wrong with clarineting? It follows the same pattern as trumpeting and drumming, is unlikely to be confused with any other activity and hits the ear pleasantly enough (as opposed to, say, oboeing).
But perhaps they should. It's clear from the word trumpeter that such a person is one who trumpets (as a waiter is one who waits, a butler is one who buttles, etc), and the same could be said of a drummer (one who drums). But by this same logic, to piano wouldn't be acceptable, since one is not a pianoer, but a pianist; thus, flautists don't flute, trombonists don't trombone, violinists don't violin (on the other hand, fiddlers do fiddle).Musicians don't say a trumpeter trumpets either.
It is also what drummers do:Drumming is what you do when you strike your fingers against the table repeatedly.
and pipers pipe.On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me:
Twelve Drummers Drumming
Eleven Pipers Piping
Ten Lords a Leaping
But they doflautists don't flute
All of those meanings go back a very long way. Perhaps the clarinet is too modern an instrument for the noun to also provide the verb.1842 Tennyson To E. L. vi, To him who sat upon the rocks, And fluted to the morning sea.
'I play the clarinet' is only two very short words longer than 'I clarinet'. Surely it's well worth the effort uttering them in order to avoid the inevitable replies of 'You what?'Please is there a single verb I can use? Obviously shorter than 'to play the clarinet'.