Category Archives: ClarinetMike’s 101 Clarinet Tips

ClarinetMike’s Clarinet Teacher Tips: Right Hand Down?

Right Hand Down? It is a well-known band director trick to have clarinetists cover the holes of the lower section to help improve pitch in the throat tones. Is this really a good idea? I think the best answer is “Maybe.” … Continue reading

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ClarinetMike’s Clarinet Teacher Tips: Habits!

When I was a kid, I played little league baseball. While fielding a position, my coaches taught me to keep my right thumb between my first two fingers when the pitcher started to make his pitch. This way, if a ball … Continue reading

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ClarinetMike’s Clarinet Teacher Tips: Ligature and Reed Placement

I’m currently reading Pat Williams’ recent book, Coach Wooden’s Greatest Secret: The Power of  Little Things Done Well. The point of the book is that small stuff has a dramatic effect on the success of any given endeavor. Or, as Coach John … Continue reading

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ClarinetMike’s 101 Clarinet Tips: #33 Reflection – What did I learn today?

Since this is the end of December, I thought it might be good to consider the final bulleted item from my recent post, ClarinetMike’s Performing Checklist: Reflection. What did I learn today? It can be very helpful to do some reflection after a … Continue reading

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ClarinetMike’s 101 Clarinet Tips: #32 STOP and PRACTICE!

ClarinetMike’s 101 Clarinet Tips: #32 STOP and PRACTICE! “When I finish W, X, Y, and Z, I’ll go practice.” Forget it, just go practice NOW. At least, go practice for a half hour, and then work on W. As a … Continue reading

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ClarinetMike’s 101 Clarinet Tips: #31 Time Management Tip Extra!

The other day I posted a revised article on Time Management. The article included Ten Time Tips. The third tip is: Learn how to quickly (and courteously) get rid of visitors when they drop by your practice room or office to just … Continue reading

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ClarinetMike’s 101 Clarinet Tips: #30 Time Management

Crunch Time! April is often a super busy month for many musicians with lots of challenges time-wise. Therefore, I offer the following updated version of a time management article I published in the NACWPI Journal several years ago (citation below). BASIC TIME MANAGEMENT … Continue reading

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