Tag Archives: Clarinet Lessons

10 Things To Do On Summer Break!

10 Things To Do On Summer Break!by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” Lessons. Take private lessons with a good teacher. A good teacher will spend time improving your basics and teaching you how to practice in addition to working on music. [I’m … Continue reading

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10 Ways to Practice After a Finger Cut

Recently, a fantastic student clarinetist I know cut their finger. So, I started wondering, “How can a student keep making progress on the clarinet when a finger is ‘out of action’ for a little while or possibly longer.” One of … Continue reading

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Job Search Help: “LinkedIn, Lumpy, and Me”

Spring is here and I know many of you are considering looking for a new job.  Some of you are soon to be spending lots of quality time at the TMEA Job Vacancy Search page! Therefore, I am reposting the … Continue reading

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ClarinetMike Blog 10th Anniversary!

Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” ClarinetMike says, “Hey! Heartfelt thanks to each of you who have read the blog and interacted with me these past 10 years.” HISTORY: Early in 2011, Mrs. ClarinetMike said to me, “Hey, you should start a … Continue reading

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7 Sight-Reading Tips

7 Sight-Reading Tips by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” Sight-Read. “Just Do It!” The best way to learn to read at sight is to do it every day. Make sure to sight-read all different kinds and levels of music. A nice book … Continue reading

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5 Ways to Improve Clarinet Tone Fast!

ClarinetMike says, “More Air is the granddaddy of all clarinet tone quick fixes. Here’s five more.” 5 Ways to Improve Clarinet Tone Fast! by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” 1. Show Me Your Reed. Inspect the reed of each and every student. … Continue reading

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Improve Clarinet Articulation!

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 with my students and in my own playing. Also, below is a ClarinetMike Illustration, i.e. “Storytime … Continue reading

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ClarinetMike 2020 Annual Report

Here’s the 2020 Annual Report on my ClarinetMike Blog, ClarinetMike QuickTips, YouTube Videos, ClarinetMike QuickClips, Master Classes, Performances, and more. The ClarinetMike Blog remains one of the top clarinet blogs on the Internet.  Google Search continues to report it as … Continue reading

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The Best Clarinet Fingerings for F# and Eb

The Best Clarinet Fingerings for F# and Ebby Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” Below I offer my opinions on two fingerings that I think should be taught and used by beginning (and all) clarinetists. First space F#/Gb.  Beginners are often taught … Continue reading

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Program Notes for Duo 35 Concert at NACWPI/CMS National Conference 2020 (online) featuring TWO World Premieres!

Hey! Duo 35, saxophonist Todd Oxford and I, have been invited to perform at the National Conference Online of NACWPI (National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors) on Saturday, October 10, at 1:15 pm central time. NACWPI will hold … Continue reading

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