ClarinetMike’s 5 Simple Guidelines for Making New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year!

ClarinetMike says, “Happy New Year!”

Hey! Most years I make New Year’s Resolutions and I’m sure you do, too! Below are some common-sense tips to help you (and me!) make and keep at least some of them!

ClarinetMike’s 5 Simple Guidelines for Making New Year’s Resolutions

  1. Definite. Try to do something specific by a certain date, like “Lose 15 pounds by June 1,” instead of “Get in Shape SOON!”
  2. Challenging, but Attainable. As the great John Wooden indicated (See HERE at 30:45), goals should be difficult, but doable.
  3. Clear and Concise. Keep it simple.
  4. Just a Few. Getting a couple things accomplished this year is better than 20 things planned, but never done.
  5. Write it down. Put your resolutions some place that you can see them. Posting them near your work desk would be excellent.

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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2 Responses to ClarinetMike’s 5 Simple Guidelines for Making New Year’s Resolutions

  1. says:

    Happy New Year Mike. Quick question… Do you have any tips or can you direct me to a site that can explain Tonguing on the clarinet. My tonguing is slow and I am trying to speed it up. I am using the word DIT DIT DIT to get my embouchure and tongue in the right spot but it is a slow go. Any help or exercize direction would be appreciated . Many Thx Tommy F

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