Here We Go! Today, the official 2020-2021 audition materials for the Texas TMEA All-State Band were posted online. Below, I have posted screenshots from the official TMEA.org website of the audition materials for soprano and low clarinets. I’ve already started to break down the audition music for clinics, private lessons, and such. Here’s 5 all-state practice tips to help get you started:
5 All-State Practice Tips To Get You Started!
by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike”
1. Practice Routine. Prepare the all-state materials as part of a balanced practice routine that includes work on basics, scales, and sight-reading. My practice routine is available here.
2. LOOK! Look over the etude before just diving in. A little analysis can be very helpful.
3. Go Slow. Start by working on the first few measures or first line. Go slowly and learn the rhythm, notes, and dynamics correctly the first time and every time. Load correct information as much as possible.
4. TONE! Make sure you always practice with excellent posture and great tone-this means you must take the time to have good reeds!
5. Take Lessons. Take private lessons with a teacher who teaches solid basics and expressive musical style. [FYI, I have a few spots open right now on Skype/Zoom if you need a teacher: click here.]
ClarinetMike says, “Stay away from bad Rote-Only Teachers and endless YouTube Videos. Don’t just copy a recording by listening to it over and over and over. Learn to count! Rote-only playing is bad clarinet playing and will NOT get you past a good university audition.”