Tag Archives: Clarinet tips

The ABC Exercise!

The ABC Exercise comes from my research into the amazing pedagogy of master single reed teacher, Joe Allard. I’ve experimented with The ABC Exercise (or ABC) on and off for a number of years. I’ve lately been using it a … Continue reading

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ClarinetMike’s Top 10 Tips for Successful Private Lessons!

Schools of all kinds are starting here in the USA and for most music students that means back to private lessons. For many students it also means a new city, new school, and a new private lesson teacher. The tips … 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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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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ClarinetMike’s Basic Tonguing Exercise [aka BTE or “Betty”]

One of the most important (and tricky) aspects of playing the clarinet is tonguing. Below is an articulation exercise that I’ve found very helpful in my students and my own playing. ClarinetMike’s Basic Tonguing Exercise [aka BTE  or “Betty”] by … Continue reading

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