Monthly Archives: November 2016

ClarinetMike’s Performance Anxiety Tips

Auditions! Music Juries! Finals! One of the most common questions I get in lessons, master classes, clinics, etc. is how to deal with the normal stress of performing. Therefore, I’ve decided to repost some common-sense tips on dealing with performance anxiety. Further help on coping … Continue reading

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ClarinetMike’s Clarinet Teacher Tips: Right Hand Down?

Right Hand Down? It is a well-known band director trick to have clarinetists cover the holes of the lower section to help improve pitch in the throat tones. Is this really a good idea? I think the best answer is “Maybe.” … Continue reading

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ClarinetMike’s Clarinet Teacher Tips: “Feed The Rhy-No!”

It was a dark and stormy night and I was practicing Robert Fruehwald’s Andy and Me for an upcoming recital. I was getting sleepy, so I went over to my nearby couch and took a nap. I had the most amazing dream. In … Continue reading

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ClarinetMike Recital at Tarleton State University on Thursday, November 17!

I’ll be giving a recital at Tarleton State University on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 7:30 pm with a clarinet master class in the afternoon. Admission is FREE! Program and Program Notes are below. Tarleton State University Clyde H. Wells … Continue reading

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ClarinetMike’s Clarinet Teacher Tips: The Rhy-No Practice Technique

The Rhy-No Practice Technique Phyllis: “ClarinetMike! The All-State Music is hard! I don’t know how to work on it!” ClarinetMike: “Don’t panic Phyllis. Just spend quality time with the Practice Rhy-No.” One of the most important things that a music teacher needs … Continue reading

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