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ClarinetMike Master Class Video: Posture!

  I discuss two simple posture adjustments in the above master class video (recorded at Florida State University): 1.  Don’t perform with the clarinet bell right under the music stand. Take a step back. 2. Stand (or sit) up straighter … Continue reading

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ClarinetMike’s “Practice Tips A to Z” [Complete Article]

Practice Tips A to Z by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” The following are some ideas I have found useful with my students and in my own practicing. An easy-print PDF of this article can be found HERE. A. Always ARTC (Approach, Relaxation, Tone, … Continue reading

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Practice Tip: “I Will Clap The Music Every Day!”

Inside ClarinetMike’s Studio: A few years ago, one of my bright-eyed junior high students, Ian, came to a lesson and played music that he was preparing for a contest. He did an excellent performance of the notes; however, the rhythms … Continue reading

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“Polka!” Etude No. 3 All-State Tips from ClarinetMike’s 2019-2020 Texas TMEA All-State Soprano Clarinet Clinic

Below are my clinic notes on Etude No. 3 from this year’s Texas TMEA All-State Soprano Clarinet Etudes.  My previously published notes on Etude 1 and 2 are available: Etude 1 here and Etude 2 here. ClarinetMike’s Texas TMEA All-State … Continue reading

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TIPS! All-State Etude No. 2 “The Slow Etude” Preparation Help from ClarinetMike’s 2019-2020 Texas TMEA All-State Soprano Clarinet Clinic

Below are my clinic notes on Etude No. 2 from this year’s Texas TMEA All-State Soprano Clarinet Etudes.  My notes on Etude 1 are available here. Watch for my notes on Etude 3 coming soon! ClarinetMike’s Texas TMEA All-State Clarinet … Continue reading

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How To Practice: Clarinet Power! Practice Routine from ClarinetMike’s Texas All-State Clinic

How To Practice: Prepare the All-State Music (plus solos, band music, etc.) inside an organized practice routine that addresses basics and scales. TIP: Don’t feel obligated to hit every single item below every day. Use your creativity and common sense … Continue reading

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All-State Tips! Etude No. 1 from ClarinetMike’s 2019-2020 Texas TMEA All-State Soprano Clarinet Clinic

Below are my clinic notes on Etude No. 1 from this year’s Texas TMEA All-State Soprano Clarinet Etudes. Watch for my notes on Etudes 2 and 3 coming soon! ClarinetMike’s Texas TMEA All-State Clarinet Clinic 2019-2020 Soprano Clarinet Preparation Tips: … Continue reading

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