ClarinetMike’s Clarinet Teacher Tips: Five Ways to Improve Clarinet Tone Immediately! (or almost immediately)

“Little Things Make Big Things Happen.”

ClarinetMike says, “You CAN improve your clarinet tone. Work on it!”

ClarinetMike’s Clarinet Teacher Tips: Five Ways to Improve Clarinet Tone Immediately! (or almost immediately)

1. Get a Good Reed! Do what it takes to have high quality reeds to practice and perform on. Check out the new reeds from D’Addario and Vandoren: especially the D’Addario Reserve Classic. Remember, the best clarinet player in the world sounds bad on a bad reed.

2. Don’t Pinch The Corners of the Reed. Be sure to keep the lower lip flat against the reed so as not to crimp the sides of the reed.  Once past the reed, the lips can seal to keep air from leaking out. Remember, clarinet sound is produced by the vibration of the reed. The more the reed vibrates, the more sound is produced. (This is E-Tip #2 from my Clarinet Embouchure: E-Tips for E-Lips. For more on this tip and the other embouchure E-Tips, go HERE.)

3. Voice Eee’s.  I’ve found it very helpful to use different “Eee” syllables when playing in different registers on the clarinet. Go HERE to check out the syllables. (This is E-Tip #3  from my Clarinet Embouchure: E-Tips for E-Lips. For more on this tip and the other embouchure E-Tips, go HERE.)

4. Project Your Sound. Think about it, work on it, and DO IT! See my article on sound projection HERE.

5. THINK! Pay Attention to Tone.  Students: Don’t just mindlessly blow. Listen! Teachers: Don’t put up with bad clarinet sounds – work on them!!! You will find my Single Lip Double Lip Embouchure helpful: check it out HERE.

NOTE: The above is a slightly updated version of a previous post.

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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2 Responses to ClarinetMike’s Clarinet Teacher Tips: Five Ways to Improve Clarinet Tone Immediately! (or almost immediately)

  1. Tommy Frasca says:

    Just Brilliant. I can’t thank you enough. I have a teacher and a lesson weekly but you keep giving me information that is missed along the line. you are great. Thx so much… Really
    Tom Frasca – NY,NY adlfra@aol.com

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