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“Feed The Rhy-No!” [Very Important Update on ClarinetMike’s Rhy-No Practice Technique]

It was a dark and stormy night and I was practicing for some upcoming premieres at the Orfeo Music Festival in Italy this summer. I was getting sleepy, so I went over to my nearby couch to rest and fell … Continue reading

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ClarinetMike’s “Rhy-No Practice Technique”

ClarinetMike’s “Rhy-No Practice Technique” by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” Kirk: “Hey ClarinetMike! The UIL Contest Music is hard! I don’t know how to work on it!” ClarinetMike: “Kirk, don’t panic [or go to red alert]. Just spend quality time with … 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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15 Performance Anxiety Tips

All-Region Auditions! Chair Tests! Music Juries! Final Exams! One of the most frequent questions I get in lessons, master classes, clinics, etc. is how to deal with the normal stress of playing in front of people. Therefore, I’ve decided to repost some common … Continue reading

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ClarinetMike’s Texas ATSSB All-State Soprano Clarinet Preparation Tips 2018-2019

Below are my complete clinic notes for this year’s ATSSB (Association of Texas Small School Bands) All-State Soprano Clarinet Audition Materials. For official listing of audition materials, click here (Use Year C for 2018-19). ClarinetMike’s Texas ATSSB All-State Clarinet Clinic 2018-2019: … Continue reading

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Clarinet Reed and Ligature Placement: Improve Clarinet Tone and Articulation in a Flash!

Clarinet Reed and Ligature Placement: Improve Clarinet Tone and Articulation in a Flash! by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” Clarinet (and saxophone) sound is all about reed vibration. The more and better the reed vibrates, the better the sound. (In fact, the … Continue reading

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ClarinetMike Blog 7th Anniversary Contest: Subscribe by Email to the Free Blog and WIN A PRIZE!

HISTORY: Early in 2011, Mrs. ClarinetMike said to me, “Hey, you should start a clarinet blog.” And then on March 16, 2011, I posted the following: Welcome to ClarinetMike Blog! Posted on March 16, 2011 by ClarinetMike Hello World! My name is Michael Dean … Continue reading

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