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Top 10 Clarinet Things To Do On Summer Break!

I love summer! When I’m wearing shorts, I’m always in a good mood! Below is a follow-up to my recent 7 Ways to Improve Your Clarinet Playing This Summer! post. Top 10 Clarinet Things To Do On Summer Break! by … Continue reading

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7 Ways to Improve Your Clarinet Playing This Summer!

7 Ways to Improve Your Clarinet Playing This Summer! by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” Take Clarinet Lessons. Make sure you have a good teacher who spends time improving your clarinet basics and teaching you how to practice.  Rote-only clarinet teachers are … Continue reading

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“Unkink Your Hose!” A Practical Tip for Lawn Care and Performing on a Wind Instrument

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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Clarinet Vibrato?

Clarinet Vibrato?  by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” I’m often asked questions about clarinet vibrato such as “Do you use vibrato?” or “As a clarinet teacher, should I allow my students to do it?” or “How do I do vibrato?” Below, … 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 offer my opinions on two fingerings that I think should be taught to beginning (and all) clarinetists. First space F#/Gb.  Beginners are often taught to play … Continue reading

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7 Pro Musician Tips for Superior Performing!

This is a follow up to my recent ClarinetMike Blog post, 10 Little Things That Make Big Things Happen! [see note below] ClarinetMike says, “Remember the words of Coach John Wooden, ‘Little Things Make Big Things Happen.’” 7 Pro Musician … Continue reading

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12 Simple Steps to Sensational Private Lessons! Follow These and Your Performing Will Skyrocket!

Hey! Below are some common-sense tips that will help students get the most out of private lessons. 12 Simple Steps to Sensational Private Lessons! by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” Practice. Treat private lessons like an important class. Carefully and completely do … Continue reading

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