7 Pro Musician Tips for Superior Performing!

ClarinetMike Performing at the Orfeo Music Festival in Vipiteno, Italy. Notice the Water Bottle On Stage.

This is a follow up to my recent ClarinetMike Blog post, 10 Little Things That Make Big Things Happen! [see note below] ClarinetMike says, “Remember the words of Coach John Wooden, ‘Little Things Make Big Things Happen.’”

7 Pro Musician Tips for Superior Performing!
by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike”

  1. Keep It Clean! Carefully clean your instrument and keep it in good repair. For example, on clarinet, don’t wipe out tenons with swab. You’ll end up with cork grease on your swab and then you’ll pull it through your clarinet. Ick!
  2. Number Measures At The Left Margin On Your Music. Don’t number every measure – it’s too messy.
  3. Mark Music Only With Pencil. I suggest only using pencil to mark music – DO NOT USE HIGHLIGHTER! (Bright colored highlighter on music kinda freaks me out!) If your students mark rental music in highlighter, you’ll be in BIG TROUBLE!
  4. Wear Layers of Clothing In Rehearsals, Auditions, etc.  This way you can take them off or put them on based on the temperature of the room, etc.
  5. Use A Black, Wheeled Tote For Your Stuff. Black is preferred so you can sometimes keep it on stage during rehearsals and concerts – no one will notice or care. Also, make sure the tote is small enough to be a carry-on on an airplane.
  6. Water! Always carry a full bottle of water with you at all times. I often will have 2 water bottles for a concert: one on stage and one backstage in the green room, dressing room, etc.
  7. Food! Consider and plan your eating carefully around your gig. I always try to eat a few hours before a rehearsal or concert to make sure I have energy while I’m performing. However, many musicians only eat after a gig.  FYI, for a long time my special performing food was spaghetti and meatballs. [YUM!]

NOTE: My recent ClarinetMike Blog post, 10 Little Things That Make Big Things Happen! is available HERE.

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: clarinetmike.wordpress.com. 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, 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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1 Response to 7 Pro Musician Tips for Superior Performing!

  1. Ruth Lenher says:

    Your resume leaves me in awe! The compositions with clarinet that I have are not at what some would call “Master Level,” but since you still would like to have some, I will send a few to you when I can afford it. Thank you for your interest in my work, Mike. I just want to let you know not to expect to much from the works I have done that have clarinet in them, but if you know of anyone who could use them, feel free to pass them on. Thanks again. Ruth Lenher

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