Category Archives: ClarinetMike’s Clarinet Teacher Tips

7 Tricks For Clarinet Teachers

Are you a new clarinet teacher looking for help? Are you a seasoned clarinet teacher looking for upgrades? Have you taught the clarinet since the Hoover Presidency and want to continue to improve? Well, ClarinetMike is lookin’ out for ya! … Continue reading

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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 discuss two common fingerings that should be taught to beginning (and all) clarinetists. First space F#/Gb.  Beginners are often taught to play this note in a chromatic … Continue reading

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Clarinet Reed and Ligature Placement: Improve Clarinet Tone and Articulation in a Flash!

Clarinet Reed and Ligature Placement: Improve Clarinet Tone and Articulation in a Flash! by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” Clarinet (and saxophone) sound is all about reed vibration. The more and better the reed vibrates, the better the sound. (In fact, the … Continue reading

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Clarinet Embouchure: 5 Steps to Beautiful Clarinet Tone!

ClarinetMike says, “The 5-C Clarinet Embouchure Below Works Great. Check It Out!” Also, my basic ClarinetMike Clarinet Clinic Handouts (including 5-C Embouchure below) are available in an Easy-To-Print-PDF HERE. I give permission to all readers of the ClarinetMike Blog to print, copy … Continue reading

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SWAB YOUR CLARINET!!!

Spring Break is over here in Texas, but the weather is beautiful and mild –  lots of sun and 70 degree temperatures! [Hang In There Northeast USA!] Nevertheless, there’s a lingering issue I must comment on. It has come to … Continue reading

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ClarinetMike Teaching Tip: “Play Like You Are First Chair”

ClarinetMike Teaching Tip: “Play Like You Are First Chair” by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” I have noticed that it is sometimes difficult to get across to a student how to project their sound well when playing a solo for a … Continue reading

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The ABC Exercise! This EASY Clarinet Tone Improvement Trick Will Blow Your Mind!

The idea below of having students recite the alphabet, “ABC’s,” to help embouchure and voicing comes from my research into the amazing pedagogy of master single reed teacher, Joe Allard (see NOTE below). I’ve experimented with The ABC Exercise (or ABC) … Continue reading

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