ClarinetMike’s Music Preparation Kit

Clarinet Mike says, "Slow, Careful, Practice!"

ClarinetMike says, “Feed The Rhy-No!”

Here in Texas and across the USA, high school and jr. high school clarinet students are busily preparing audition music for various city, district, region, and state competitions. Also, college and university students are busy getting ready for music juries. Below are several previously-published ClarinetMike blog posts that offer help on preparing and performing music of various kinds, including the Texas All-State Clarinet music.


How To Practice

Improve Tone: 5C Embouchure

Improve Tone: E-Tips for E-Lips

Rhy-No Practice Technique

Feed The Rhy-No

The Fast Way!

Help on Tonguing

Time Management Tips

Time Management Tip Extra

Helps on Texas All-State Music

Soprano Clarinet Etudes Overview and Style

Complete Notes on Soprano Clarinet Etude 1

Complete Notes on Soprano Clarinet Etude 2

Complete Notes on Soprano Clarinet Etude 3

Other Editions of All-State Etudes (Rose 40 and 32 Etudes)

Simple Ways to Upgrade A Performance FAST!

Five Ways to Improve Your Tone Immediately! (or almost immediately)


Sound Projection

Ligature and Reed Placement

NOTE: This is a modified version of previous blog post.

About ClarinetMike

American Clarinetist Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” 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.” Dr. Dean’s career is headlined by appearances at Carnegie Hall, ClarinetFest, NACWPI, Royal Northern College of Music, and Eastman School of Music, with recent recitals and master classes in Italy, Spain, Canada, Michigan, Ohio, Kansas, Iowa, Louisiana, and Texas. He recently returned for a fourth summer to the beautiful Italian Alps of Vipiteno, Italy as Clarinet Artist Faculty in Residence at the international Orfeo Music Festival. He is featured on 6 commercial CD’s including his soon-to-be-released new CD, Postcards from Silver Lake. He is also prominent on New Media, such as YouTube. He was clarinetist with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra for 11 years and he’s also performed with the Southwest Symphony, Nevada Symphony, Abilene Philharmonic, Southeast Chamber Players, Red Mesa Trio, and Duo 35. He has given more than 500 master classes, clinics and performances at universities, conservatories, conferences, festivals, high schools, junior high schools, and a diverse array of venues. As “ClarinetMike,” he writes for his noted and widely-read ClarinetMike Blog – viewed in 150 countries on 6 continents, His blog is the #1 clarinet blog on the Internet according to Google Search and a recent ranking on Feedspot. His articles also appear in professional journals such as the Southwestern Musician, The Bandmasters’ Review, WINDPLAYER, and NACWPI Journal. He is a past president and former officer on the National Board of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors (NACWPI). After a successful 20 years of teaching clarinet at the university level, he relocated to his native Texas due to family concerns. He is currently an active clarinet and woodwind performer, teacher, clinician, blogger, and consultant based in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas. Dr. Michael Dean studied clarinet performance at Texas Tech University, University of Texas at Austin, University of Colorado at Boulder, and University of Texas at Arlington. His teachers include Robert Walzel, Phil Aaholm, Carol Jessup, Bob Ackerman, and Jess Youngblood. He is a BG France Performing Artist and his professional website is Mike and his family live in Hurst, Texas. His family’s new Golden Retriever, Nimbus, is a relative of Andy.
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