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

"I love Rhy-No Practice!"

“Dynamics are yummy! FEED ME!”

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 the dream, the Practice Rhy-No came to me. Below is our brief conversation.

Practice Rhy-No: “ClarinetMike, Feed The Rhy-No!”

ClarinetMike: “Who are you?”

Practice Rhy-No: “I’m the Practice Rhy-No that you blogged about!”

ClarinetMike: “Uh,  do you want some plants to eat? I have some used clarinet reeds.”

Practice Rhy-No: “NOOOO!  I eat DYNAMICS!!!”

ClarinetMike: “What????”

Practice Rhy-No: “Yes! My food is Dynamics!”

After that, I woke up from the dream. I realized that when doing the Practice Rhy-No Practice Technique, you must always add dynamics.

ClarinetMike says, “Feed The Rhy-No!”

NOTE: The above image is from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ceratotherium_simum_kwh_2.jpg

[The above is a very slightly revised version of previous post.]

About ClarinetMike

Carnegie Hall, Eastman, Royal Northern College of Music, NACWPI, and ClarinetFest recital and master class appearances headline Dr. Michael Dean’s extensive and versatile career. He is featured on four commercial CD’s: Mysteries, Desertscape: New Music for Clarinet, Woodwind Music of Robert Fruehwald, Vol. 1, and Red Mesa Trio. Two more CD releases featuring Michael Dean are upcoming: a second CD of Fruehwald's music for woodwinds (Vol. 2) (2014/15) and a new solo CD, Postcards from Silver Lake (2015/16).... He has performed with the Southwest Symphony Orchestra, Nevada Symphony Orchestra, Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra, Garland Symphony Orchestra, Mesquite Symphony Orchestra, Southeast Chamber Players, and the Red Mesa Trio. He recently performed for 11 years with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra.... His articles have appeared in journals such as Southwestern Musician, WINDPLAYER, NACWPI Journal, and The Bandmasters' Review. As "ClarinetMike," he actively writes for his own widely-read clarinet blog, clarinetmike.wordpress.com.... Michael Dean is an active clarinet performer, teacher, and consultant based in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas Metroplex. 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 illness. He maintains a large private clarinet studio in L.D. Bell Cluster (HEB) and Grapevine-Colleyville. 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, the University of Colorado at Boulder, the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Texas at Arlington. His web page, clarinetmike.com, features video and audio of his teaching and performing as well as information on his CD's and other publications. He lives in Hurst, Texas with his wife, two children, and golden retriever, Andy.
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One Response to ClarinetMike’s Clarinet Teacher Tips: “Feed The Rhy-No!”

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