Tag Archives: Clarinet Posture

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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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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7 Tricks For Clarinet Teachers

Are you a new clarinet teacher looking for help? Are you a seasoned clarinet teacher looking for upgrades? Have you taught the clarinet since the Hoover Presidency and want to continue to improve? Well, ClarinetMike is lookin’ out for ya! … 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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7 Easy Tricks to Improve Clarinet Tone Immediately! [or almost immediately]

ClarinetMike says, “The granddaddy (and best) of all clarinet tone quick fixes is ‘More Air.’ Here’s 7 more.” 7 Easy Tricks to Improve Clarinet Tone Immediately! [or almost immediately] by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” 1. Show Me Your Reed! I suggest band … Continue reading

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