I love summer! When I’m wearing shorts, I’m always in a good mood! Below is a follow-up to my recent 7 Ways to Improve Your Clarinet Playing This Summer! post.
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. Go to a concert. When was the last time you went to a LIVE concert just to enjoy the music?
- REPAIR. Take clarinets to the repair shop. AND clean out your clarinet case!
- CLEAN. Organize your office and/or practice space! Those stacks of music (and pizza boxes!) need to be dealt with.
- LUNCH. Contact an older musician – especially a retired private teacher or band director. Go have lunch with them. [Pick up the phone and call them right now – yes, right now!]
- 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.
- LIFE. Most importantly, take some time off and NOT think about the clarinet. Attend a church or philosophical meeting, go to a baseball game, get some exercise, read a good book, become a volunteer in an organization that helps people, etc.
ClarinetMike says, “Have a Great Summer!”