Tag Archives: Clarinet Teaching

“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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Urgent Clarinet Maintenance: “Swab Your Clarinet and Clarinet Mouthpiece!”

Urgent Clarinet Maintenance: “Swab Your Clarinet and Clarinet Mouthpiece!” by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” “Common sense (the best tool in a teacher’s toolbox) clearly indicates you should swab out your clarinet, including the mouthpiece, after every practice or performance, etc. … 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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Duo 35 Plays ELVIS! Program Notes for Duo 35 TMEA Tour 2019! Saxophonist Todd Oxford and ClarinetMike Perform at TMEA on Friday, February 15 at 2 pm!

As previously posted, saxophonist Todd Oxford and I have been invited to perform at the HUGE Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention 2019 in beautiful downtown San Antonio, Texas on Friday, February 15 at 2 p.m.!  Leading up to our big TMEA … 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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