ClarinetMike’s 101 Clarinet Tips: #6 Clarinet Section Help Toolkit

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ClarinetMike’s Clarinet Section Help Toolkit

ClarinetMike’s 101 Clarinet Tips: #6 Clarinet Section Help Toolkit

Band Contest is coming soon and your clarinet section needs help! What can you do?

ClarinetMike is here to help! Below is a “Toolkit” of ideas from my standard clarinet clinics and masterclasses

Clarinet Section Help Toolkit

  • Reed and Clarinet Check – Personally (or have the 1st chair) check the reed, ligature, and playing condition of the clarinet of each person in the section. Go right down the row and tell the kids the truth: A bad reed = a bad contest performance. As my band director used to say, “There are no excuses.”
  • Posture – Make the kids sit up and not slouch. This will help on breathing and a million other things. Be sure they DON’T sit on the very edge of the chair – this could hurt someone’s back. Sit in the middle of the chair, etc. – use common sense here.
  • Sound Projection – Read my article on sound projection HERE and follow the suggestions. Sound Projection makes a HUGE difference! Don’t miss on this one.
  • Tonguing – Check out my recent post on the Basic Tonguing Exercise, “Betty.”
  • Record It – Record them and let them immediately hear it. This may “wake them up.” A good recording and playback setup should be standard equipment in the rehearsal room.
  • Rhy-No Practice – Another recent article, HERE. The reason this technique works is    because it focuses on RHYTHM!! The rhythm is always the key – clap it and sing it over and over until they get it!
  • More Air – If you don’t know what to say, then just say, “More Air.” It generally fixes things!

ClarinetMike says, “Plan carefully and go for it! For some inspiration, check out my take on John Wooden’s ideas.”

About ClarinetMike

American clarinetist MICHAEL DEAN performs and teaches internationally and across the USA to consistent praise such as "world-class clarinetist and pedagogue," "consummate performer," "inspirational," "outstanding teacher," "super," "brilliant performer," and "one of the best clinicians I have ever seen." His career is headlined by appearances at Carnegie Hall, ClarinetFest, NACWPI, Eastman School of Music, and Royal Northern College of Music with recent recitals and master classes in Italy, Spain, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Louisiana, and Texas. In July, he will return to Vipiteno, Italy as Clarinet Artist Faculty in Residence at Orfeo Music Festival 2017. He is featured on 5 commercial CD's and on New Media, such as YouTube. He is currently preparing another new clarinet CD, Postcards from Silver Lake. He's performed with the Southwest Symphony, Nevada Symphony, Abilene Philharmonic, Southeast Chamber Players, Red Mesa Trio, and Duo 35. He performed for 11 years with the Paducah Symphony. His articles appear in journals such as Southwestern Musician, WINDPLAYER, NACWPI Journal and The Bandmasters' Review. As "ClarinetMike," he writes for his widely-read ClarinetMike Blog, clarinetmike.wordpress.com-viewed in 150 countries on 6 continents. He was recently a tenured Associate Professor of Clarinet for 11 years at Southeast Missouri State University. He returned to his native Texas in 2012 due to family concerns. He is a past president and former National Board officer of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors (NACWPI). Dr. Michael Dean studied clarinet performance at Texas Tech University, University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Texas at Austin and University of Texas at Arlington. His teachers include Robert Walzel, Phil Aaholm, Carol Jessup, Jess Youngblood, Bob Ackerman, and Pam Youngblood. His web page, clarinetmike.com, features video of his teaching and performing as well as information on his CD's and other publications. He is a BG France Performing Artist.
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