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ClarinetMike’s 7 Clarinet Tricks For New Clarinet Teachers!

Are you a new clarinet teacher? Well, ClarinetMike is lookin’ out for ya! Below are some tips that well help you produce excellent clarinet students. Be sure to study the information at the suggested links. ClarinetMike’s 7 Clarinet Tricks For … Continue reading

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ClarinetMike’s Performing Checklist

ClarinetMike’s Performing Checklist Below is a checklist based on many years of giving performances and presentations and teaching students to do the same. Every audition, jury, performance, clinic, etc. is different, so focus on the ones below that apply to … Continue reading

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ClarinetMike’s Clarinet Teacher Tips: Right Hand Down?

Right Hand Down? It is a well-known band director trick to have clarinetists cover the holes of the lower section to help improve pitch in the throat tones. Is this really a good idea? I think the best answer is “Maybe.” … Continue reading

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ClarinetMike’s Clarinet Teacher Tips: Improve Your Clarinet Tone with Better Ligature and Reed Placement

ClarinetMike’s Clarinet Teacher Tips: Improve Your Clarinet Tone with Better Ligature and Reed Placement Clarinet (and saxophone) sound is all about reed vibration. The more and better the reed vibrates, the better the sound. (In fact, the embouchure’s purpose is to … Continue reading

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ClarinetMike’s Clarinet Teacher Tips: “Line up exactly the upper and lower bridge keys.”

ClarinetMike’s Clarinet Teacher Tips: “Line up exactly the upper and lower bridge keys.” A couple of years ago, I had a student announce in a lesson that her clarinet wasn’t working properly. After I did an inspection, I noticed that she had not … Continue reading

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ClarinetMike’s Clarinet Teacher Tips: Posture Video

In the above video I discuss two simple performing adjustments: 1.  Don’t perform with clarinet bell right under the music stand. Take a step back. 2. Stand (or sit) up straighter and have the clarinet come to you. DO NOT go … Continue reading

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ClarinetMike’s Texas All-State Clarinet Clinic: Preparation Guide

The Texas TMEA All-State Audition music has been posted – CLICK HERE. Also, the Texas ATSSB audition materials are available HERE. The guide below is from my Texas All-State Clarinet Clinic Lecture Notes. Look for more All-State help from ClarinetMike in … Continue reading

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