Tag Archives: Clarinet Practice

10 Practice Tips for All-State, Solos, and Everything!

Here are 10 general practice tips for preparing the All-State etudes, solos, or any music. I have marked a few spots, Bad Pedagogy, to indicate opportunities for teachers to upgrade their instruction. 10 Practice Tips for All-State, Solos, and Everything! by Dr. … 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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7 Ways to Improve Your Practicing

Here’s some tips that will help you make the most of your practice sessions. 7 Ways to Improve Your Practicing by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” Practice First. “Work expands to fill the time available.” (A time management maxim known as “Parkinson’s Law.”) … Continue reading

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7 Woodwind Doubling Tips

These tips are generally pointed toward doubling on clarinet, saxophone, and flute [my doubles]; however, I believe they also will be useful on double reeds. Further, I think the principles in the tips will generally be helpful on any instrument. … Continue reading

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7 Time Management Tips: Coronavirus “Stay-At-Home” Edition

With all the “Stay-At-Home” orders due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, many have found themselves saying, “I have loads of time, but can’t get anything done!” So, I rewrote some of my time management tips with adjustments for our current situation. … Continue reading

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Practice Tip: “Practice with a Practice Routine”

Below is the Practice Routine I use and teach. Don’t feel obligated to hit every single item below every day. Use your creativity and common sense to rotate things around in a routine of Basics, Scales, and Music – this … Continue reading

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Extra Time Management Tip!

I recently posted 10 Time Management Tips on my ClarinetMike Blog. The third tip is: Learn how to quickly (and courteously) get rid of unexpected visitors when they drop by your practice room or office to just “chat.” A few years ago, … Continue reading

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10 Time Management Tips

The days between Thanksgiving and Christmas are often a super busy time for musicians (and everyone!). Therefore, I offer the following 10 Time Management Tips – with a few NEW updates – from an article I published in the NACWPI … 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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