Tag Archives: Clarinet

UNKINK YOUR HOSE! A Practical Lawn Care and Clarinet Playing Tip

A couple years ago, the city of Hurst 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 Garden Hose … Continue reading

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DON’T LOOK NOW! This Easy Trick Will Have Your Clarinet Performing Looking Up!

ClarinetMike says, “Don’t Look Down!” I have 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 … Continue reading

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Duo 35 In Concert at IBCA! ClarinetMike and Saxophonist Todd Oxford Perform Friday, June 9 In Arlington, Texas

Hey! My buddy Todd Oxford and I will be performing at IBCA again this June!  Come hear a virtuosic and FUN performance of cool solo and chamber music for clarinet and saxophone by Mark Carlson, Charles Rochester Young, James Grant, Amy Quate, … Continue reading

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This Simple Clarinet Posture Trick Will Put You Head and Shoulders Above The Rest!

In a recent post, I considered the importance of not leaning over too much when playing the clarinet. A related issue is that of head position/weight. Leaning over when playing the clarinet can lead to biting down too much on the … Continue reading

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Upgrade Your Clarinet Sound FAST With This Easy and Powerful Technique: Clarinet Sound Projection!

ClarinetMike says “Below is one of the best and easiest tricks I know. Check it out!” Clarinet Sound Projection by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” “Andy! Pretend I’m on the back row of the hall and I’m half-deaf from going to … Continue reading

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NACWPI National Conference 2017: APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO APRIL 15

NACWPI Rolls On!  As a past president and former officer on the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors (NACWPI) National Board, I want to encourage you to apply to perform and present at the upcoming NACWPI National Conference … Continue reading

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IMPROVE CLARINET ARTICULATION WITH THIS HACK! Check Out ClarinetMike’s Basic Tonguing Exercise a.k.a. “Betty”

One of the most important (and tricky) aspects of playing the clarinet is tonguing. Below is a repost of an articulation exercise I’ve found very helpful in my students and my own playing. When working on Betty, don’t forget to use … Continue reading

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