Summertime is Practice Time!


Summertime is Practice Time!

Summertime is Practice Time!

[Below is a slightly modified version of a previous post.]

“Summertime and the livin’ is easy.”

Summertime is Practice Time! 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 genuine 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.

Clarinet Practice Routine
Dr. Michael Dean
“Building Great Clarinetists”
Clarinet Performing, Teaching and Consulting * 682-888-7639 *

-Tone (Emb. & Voicing/Articulation)
-Long Tones (Sound 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!”

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 Canada, Italy, Spain, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Louisiana, and Texas. In July, he will again return to Vipiteno, Italy as Clarinet Artist Faculty in Residence at the international Orfeo Music Festival 2019. 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. Dr. Dean has given more than 500 clinics, master classes and performances at high schools, universities, conferences and other venues. For 11 years he was a clarinetist with the Paducah Symphony and he's also performed with the Southwest Symphony, Nevada Symphony, Abilene Philharmonic, Southeast Chamber Players, Red Mesa Trio, and Duo 35. His articles appear in journals such as Southwestern Musician, WINDPLAYER, NACWPI Journal and The Bandmasters' Review. As "ClarinetMike," he writes for his widely-viewed ClarinetMike Blog, the Internet’s #1 clarinet blog read in 150 countries on 6 continents: After a successful 25 years of teaching clarinet at the university level, he relocated to his native Texas 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, and Bob Ackerman. His web page,, 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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