Category Archives: ClarinetMike’s Clarinet Teacher Tips

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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ClarinetMike’s 7 Clarinet Tricks For New Clarinet Teachers!

Are you a new clarinet teacher? Well, ClarinetMike is lookin’ out for ya! Below are some tips that well help you produce excellent clarinet students. Be sure to study the information at the suggested links. ClarinetMike’s 7 Clarinet Tricks For … Continue reading

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BECOME A MONSTER CLARINETIST! Check Out ClarinetMike’s Clarinet Practice Routine in Vandoren’s The WAVE

Become a monster clarinetist by practicing like a monster clarinetist: Lots and lots of organized practice that addresses basics, scales, arpeggios, sight-reading, etudes, solos, excerpts, etc. with tons of SLOW CAREFUL PRACTICE! Vandoren has reprinted my Clarinet Practice Routine in a compendium … Continue reading

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ClarinetMike’s Performance Anxiety Tips

Auditions! Music Juries! Finals! One of the most common questions I get in lessons, master classes, clinics, etc. is how to deal with the normal stress of performing. Therefore, I’ve decided to repost some common-sense tips on dealing with performance anxiety. Further help on coping … Continue reading

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ClarinetMike’s Clarinet Teacher Tips: “Feed The Rhy-No!”

It was a dark and stormy night and I was practicing Robert Fruehwald’s Andy and Me for an upcoming recital. I was getting sleepy, so I went over to my nearby couch and took a nap. I had the most amazing dream. In … Continue reading

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ClarinetMike’s Clarinet Teacher Tips: The Rhy-No Practice Technique

The Rhy-No Practice Technique Phyllis: “ClarinetMike! The All-State Music is hard! I don’t know how to work on it!” ClarinetMike: “Don’t panic Phyllis. Just spend quality time with the Practice Rhy-No.” One of the most important things that a music teacher needs … Continue reading

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ClarinetMike’s Clarinet Teacher Tips: Fingerings for F# and Eb

ClarinetMike’s Clarinet Teacher Tips: Fingerings for F# and Eb Fingerings for F# and Eb. 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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