“Summertime and the livin’ is easy.”
That means it is time to practice! Generally, summer is when we actually have extra time to get some things accomplished. I suggest that one of the things to accomplish (in addition to taking time to rest and refresh) is to really make progress in our clarinet playing. And the only way to make real progress is Lots and Lots and Lots of High Quality Practice!
Below and HERE is a practice routine that will help you organize your practice time. Notice on the practice routine that there is an emphasis on clarinet basics. Improving clarinet fundamentals is the key to real progress in clarinet playing. (Great fundamentals are key in any endeavor!) Click HERE for links to more tips on how to practice.
FYI, if you are a Texas high school clarinet student, the time to make progress toward all-state band is not when the music comes out in late July, but RIGHT NOW. (I thought about giving this post a startling title such as “The Easy Road to All-State” or some such thing, but chickened out!)
-Burke Pre-Playing Warm-up Stretches [See Burke]
-Tone (Emb. & Voicing/Articulation)
-Long Tones (Projection)
-Various Exercises (Over The Break, Overtones, High C, High Notes, Legato Fingers, Octaves, Tuning, Reeds, etc.)
-Major & Minor plus Arpeggios
-Fully Diminished 7th Chords
-Others (Whole-tone, Octatonic (a.k.a. Diminished), related to a work, etc.)
-Excerpts (Band, Orchestra, Chamber, etc.)
ClarinetMike says, “Thanks for reading this. Now, GO PRACTICE!”