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The Best Clarinet Fingerings for F# and Eb

The Best Clarinet Fingerings for F# and Eb by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” Below I offer my opinions on two fingerings that I think should be taught to beginning (and all) clarinetists. First space F#/Gb.  Beginners are often taught to play … Continue reading

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NACWPI 2019 National Conference: University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls

NACWPI Rolls On!  As a NACWPI past president and former officer on the NACWPI National Board, I am very proud to pass along the announcement below from the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors [NACWPI]. NACWPI National Conference … Continue reading

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How To Successfully Improve Clarinet Tone: The “E-Tips for E-Lips” Clarinet Embouchure Tips!

I recently posted my 5-C Clarinet Embouchure click here. Below are 5 embouchure tips I strongly suggest using with the 5-C Embouchure. In addition to working GREAT with 5-C, I think these tips will generally work well with pretty much any … Continue reading

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5 Steps to Beautiful Clarinet Tone: The 5-C Clarinet Embouchure!

The embouchure below and related “E-Tips for E-Lips” Embouchure Tips (to be reposted soon) have been heavily influenced by the ideas of master single reed teacher Joe Allard. The embouchure and tips reflect years of careful refinements on an embouchure … Continue reading

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7 Pro Musician Tips for Superior Performing!

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 … Continue reading

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10 Graduate School Rules For Student Success!

Hey! I know some of you are anxiously waiting to hear on admission and financial aid from graduate schools for the coming fall. [I know how tough it can be: Hang In There!] Others of you are considering graduate school … Continue reading

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“Feed The Rhy-No!” [Very Important Update on ClarinetMike’s Rhy-No Practice Technique]

It was a dark and stormy night and I was practicing for some upcoming premieres at the Orfeo Music Festival in Italy this summer. I was getting sleepy, so I went over to my nearby couch to rest and fell … Continue reading

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