Tag Archives: clarinet pedagogy

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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Top 10 Things To Do On Summer Break!

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

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“Unkink Your Hose!”

A few years ago, the city of Hurst, Texas 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 … Continue reading

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Improve Clarinet Tone: The ABC Exercise!

The ABC Exercise comes from my research into the amazing pedagogy of master single reed teacher, Joe Allard. I’ve experimented with The ABC Exercise (or ABC) on and off for a number of years. Recently, I’ve been consistently using it … Continue reading

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7 MORE Performing Secrets from ClarinetMike!

This is a follow up to my recent ClarinetMike Blog post, ClarinetMike’s 10 Little Secrets! 7 MORE Performing Secrets from ClarinetMike! by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” Number Measures At The Left Margin On Your Music. Don’t number every measure – it’s too … Continue reading

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ClarinetMike’s 10 Little Secrets!

Below are 10 small items I carry in my clarinet case. ClarinetMike says, “Remember the words of Coach John Wooden, ‘Little Things Make Big Things Happen.’” ClarinetMike’s 10 Little Secrets! by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” Darker Lead Pencil. I always try … Continue reading

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10 Performance Anxiety Tips

One of the most frequent questions I get in master classes, clinics, lessons, etc. is how to deal with the normal stress of playing in front of people. Therefore, I’ve decided to repost 10 common sense tips on dealing with … Continue reading

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Don’t Look Down!

I’ve 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 position, posture, etc. can be impacted. … Continue reading

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“Head In The Right Direction!”

Proportions of the Head (c. 1488 – 1489) is a drawing by Leonardo da Vinci. In a recent video post, I considered the importance of not leaning over too much when playing the clarinet. A related issue is that of … Continue reading

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The ABC Exercise!

The ABC Exercise comes from my research into the amazing pedagogy of master single reed teacher, Joe Allard. I’ve experimented with The ABC Exercise (or ABC) on and off for a number of years. I’ve lately been using it a … Continue reading

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