Category Archives: ClarinetMike’s Clarinet Teacher Tips

7 Easy Tricks to Improve Clarinet Tone Immediately! [or almost immediately]

ClarinetMike says, “The granddaddy (and best) of all clarinet tone quick fixes is ‘More Air.’ Here’s 7 more.” 7 Easy Tricks to Improve Clarinet Tone Immediately! [or almost immediately] by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” 1. Show Me Your Reed! I suggest band … Continue reading

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ClarinetMike’s Basic Tonguing Exercise [aka BTE or “Betty”]

One of the most important (and tricky) aspects of playing the clarinet is tonguing. Below is an articulation exercise that I’ve found very helpful in my students and my own playing. ClarinetMike’s Basic Tonguing Exercise [aka BTE  or “Betty”] by … Continue reading

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ClarinetMike Tip on “Going Over The Break”

Teachers of beginning clarinet students should not teach “Going Over The Break” using the right hand down short cut.  The only exception to this is when a student is having real trouble and “freaking out.” Then, for a very, very … Continue reading

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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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