Tag Archives: Clarinet Teaching

Duo 35 in Miami, Florida! ClarinetMike and Saxophonist Todd Oxford to Perform at the NACWPI/CMS 2020 National Conference, October 22-24, 2020

Saxophonist Todd Oxford and I (Duo 35) have been invited to perform at the National Conference of NACWPI (National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors) on October 22-24, 2020 at the Hilton Miami Downtown in Miami, Florida! NACWPI will … Continue reading

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7 Ways 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 seven more.” 7 Ways to Improve Clarinet Tone Immediately! [or almost immediately] by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” 1. Show Me Your Reed! I suggest band directors … 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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7 Sight-Reading Tips

7 Sight-Reading Tips by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” Sight-Read. “Just Do It!” The best way to learn to read at sight is to do it every day. Make sure to sight-read all different kinds and levels of music. A nice … 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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