This is a follow up to my recent ClarinetMike Blog post, ClarinetMike’s 10 Little Secrets!
7 MORE Performing Secrets from ClarinetMike!
by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike”
- Number Measures At The Left Margin On Your Music. Don’t number every measure – it’s too messy.
- Keep It Clean! Carefully clean your instrument and keep it in good repair. On clarinet, for example, don’t wipe out the tenons with a swab. You’ll end up with cork grease on your swab and then you’ll pull it through your clarinet. Ick!
- Mark Music Only With Pencil. Pencil can be erased! DO NOT USE HIGHLIGHTER! Highlighter cannot be erased. (Bright colored highlighter on music kinda freaks me out!) If your students mark rental music in highlighter, you’ll be in BIG TROUBLE!
- 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.
- Use A Black, Wheeled Tote For Your Stuff. Black is best as you can often keep it on stage during rehearsals and even concerts – no one will notice or care. Also, make sure the tote is small enough to be a carry-on on an airplane.
- 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.
- 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. [YUMMY!]
ClarinetMike says, “Remember the words of Coach John Wooden, ‘Little Things Make Big Things Happen.’”