Ray Wheeler X-Ray of Clarinet and Tongue

There’s been a lot of talk in the clarinet and saxophone world about tongue position and such as it relates to embouchure, etc.  Recently, I was reminded of a video of an X-Ray made a number of years ago by Ray Wheeler. It shows what happens “on the inside” to at least one clarinetist playing in different registers.

About ClarinetMike

American clarinetist Michael Dean has performed as a recitalist and master clinician internationally and across the United States to much acclaim. On a tour of music schools in England he was praised as "dynamic," "inspirational," "super," and "a brilliant performer." The tour was highlighted by a stop at the world-renowned Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Recital appearances at Carnegie Hall, the prestigious international ClarinetFest, and the NACWPI National Symposium headline Michael Dean's extensive and versatile performing career. On tours of New York, Florida, California, Arizona, Nevada, and Texas, his recitals and master classes have been enthusiastically received at prominent music schools such as Eastman, Ithaca, Crane, Florida State, Florida, UCF, USF, CalArts, Cal State Northridge, Cal State Long Beach, San Diego State, UNLV, Arizona State, Arizona, Northern Arizona, Rice, Baylor, SMU, TCU, and the University of North Texas. His solo CD, Desertscape: New Music for Clarinet, consists of works he has commissioned and premiered. In a review, NACWPI Journal says, "Dean performs the works here admirably, and makes them all sound easy, the mark of a true professional. His use of dynamic contrasts is especially striking." In another review, MusicWeb International praises Dean's clarinet tone and his "expressive phrasing." In conjunction with his Texas Tour 2013, Michael Dean's new solo CD, Mysteries, has just been released. Mysteries features a number of solo works for unaccompanied clarinet and clarinet/CD that Dean has commissioned and adapted. He is also featured on a recent CD, Woodwind Music of Robert Fruehwald, Vol. 1. A second CD of Fruehwald's music for woodwinds (Vol. 2) featuring Michael Dean will be available in 2014. Dean also appears as chamber musician and soloist on another CD, Red Mesa Trio. This CD features the noted Half Moon at Checkerboard Mesa by Phillip Bimstein. He has performed with the Southwest Symphony Orchestra, Nevada Symphony Orchestra, Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra, Garland Symphony Orchestra, Mesquite Symphony Orchestra, Southeast Chamber Players, and the Red Mesa Trio. He recently performed for a number of years with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra. In addition to commissioning, premiering, and editing numerous new clarinet works, he has published a book, Clarinet On Campus. His articles have appeared in journals such as Southwestern Musician, WINDPLAYER, NACWPI Journal, and The Bandmasters' Review. As "ClarinetMike," he actively writes for his own widely-read clarinet blog, clarinetmike.wordpress.com. Michael Dean is an active clarinet performer, teacher, and consultant based in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas Metroplex. He has given more than 200 clinics, master classes, and performances at high schools, junior high schools, colleges, universities, and conferences across the United States and abroad. He maintains a large private clarinet studio of about 50 students. He teaches in the L.D. Bell cluster, Grapevine-Colleyville and McKinney. He was recently a tenured Associate Professor of Clarinet for 11 years at Southeast Missouri State University. He is a past president and National Board member of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors (NACWPI). Dr. Michael Dean holds degrees in clarinet performance from Texas Tech University, the University of Colorado at Boulder, and the University of Texas at Arlington. His web page, clarinetmike.com, features video and audio of his teaching and performing as well as information on his CD's and other publications. He lives in Hurst, Texas with his wife, two children, and golden retriever, Andy.
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