Tag Archives: Clarinet Lessons

Duo 35 at NACWPI 2017! ClarinetMike and Saxophonist Todd Oxford to Perform at the NACWPI National Conference 2017!

I’ve been officially notified that Saxophonist Todd Oxford and I (Duo 35) have been selected to perform at the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors [NACWPI] National Conference 2017 at the University of Montevallo on October 6-8, 2017 in … Continue reading

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Supercharge Your Teaching With Powerful Maxims!

A maxim is a short, memorable comment that quickly and concisely communicates an idea or concept.  The use of maxims is a very effective way to teach any subject, including the clarinet. One of my heroes, the legendary basketball coach John … Continue reading

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Super Cool Summer 2017 Clarinet Events for Dallas-Fort Worth Student Clarinetists!

The Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area will be having some fantastic clarinet events for students coming up in June and July! If you know of more, let me know! ClarinetMike says, “HEY CLARINET STUDENTS! Turn off Snapchat for a minute and GO! to some great … Continue reading

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UNKINK YOUR HOSE! A Practical Lawn Care and Clarinet Playing Tip

A couple years ago, the city of Hurst sent out some nice folks to put down new grass in my lawn where they had previously dug it up to fix a water line. As I got out the ClarinetMike Garden Hose … Continue reading

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DON’T LOOK NOW! This Easy Trick Will Have Your Clarinet Performing Looking Up!

ClarinetMike says, “Don’t Look Down!” I have noticed that many young clarinetists, especially beginners, at times have a tendency to look down their clarinets while playing. Looking down the clarinet while playing can create bad habits and problems:  embouchure, head … Continue reading

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Duo 35 In Concert at IBCA! ClarinetMike and Saxophonist Todd Oxford Perform Friday, June 9 In Arlington, Texas

Hey! My buddy Todd Oxford and I will be performing at IBCA again this June!  Come hear a virtuosic and FUN performance of cool solo and chamber music for clarinet and saxophone by Mark Carlson, Charles Rochester Young, James Grant, Amy Quate, … Continue reading

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This Simple Clarinet Posture Trick Will Put You Head and Shoulders Above The Rest!

In a recent post, I considered the importance of not leaning over too much when playing the clarinet. A related issue is that of head position/weight. Leaning over when playing the clarinet can lead to biting down too much on the … Continue reading

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