Summertime and the livin’ is easy…. I love summer! When I’m wearing shorts, I’m always in a good mood! Below is a follow-up on my recent post, 7 Ways to Improve Your Clarinet Playing This Summer!
Top 10 Clarinet Things To Do On Summer Break!
by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike”
- IMPROVE. Work on improvements and adjustments in your clarinet technique. (Hey Students! How about working on what your teacher emphasized last semester – posture, embouchure, tonguing, etc.?) See my related recent post.
- STUDY. Study an orchestra or band work you don’t know (or a solo, chamber work, etc.)
- BASICS. Work on Etudes, Sight Reading and Transposition.
- LIVE MUSIC. Go to concert. When was the last time you went to a LIVE concert just to enjoy the music?
- REPAIR. Clean out your clarinet case! Take clarinets to the repair shop.
- CLEAN. Organize your office and/or practice space!
- LUNCH. Contact an older musician – especially a retired private teacher or band director. Go have lunch with him/her.
- MOVIES. Watch old movies (check out TCM) and listen to the music. Learn about the composers. Some of them have written solo music for the clarinet!
- JAZZ. Work on Jazz or a style that is new to you. If you don’t know anything about jazz, now is the time to learn – yes, right now!
- LIFE. Most importantly, take some time off and NOT think about the clarinet. Attend a church or philosophical meeting, get some exercise, read a good book, go to a baseball game, become a volunteer in an organization that helps people, etc.
ClarinetMike says, “Have a Great Summer!”