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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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ClarinetMike’s Clarinet Teacher Tips: “I Will Clap The Music Every Day”

Recently, I posted an article on my using Maxims. One of my favorite maxims is “If you can’t clap it, you can’t play it.” Inside ClarinetMike’s Studio: Recently, one of my bright-eyed junior high students, Ian, came to a lesson … Continue reading

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ClarinetMike’s Clarinet Teacher Tips: The Basic Tonguing Exercise aka “Betty”

One of the most important (and difficult) aspects of playing the clarinet is tonguing. Below is a slightly revised version of a previous post that has an articulation exercise I’ve found helpful in my students and my own playing. When working … Continue reading

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ClarinetMike’s Clarinet Teacher Tips: Ligature and Reed Placement

I’m currently reading Pat Williams’ recent book, Coach Wooden’s Greatest Secret: The Power of  Little Things Done Well. The point of the book is that small stuff has a dramatic effect on the success of any given endeavor. Or, as Coach John … Continue reading

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