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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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12 Simple Steps to Sensational Private Lessons! Follow These and Your Performing Will Skyrocket!

Hey! Below are some common-sense tips that will help students get the most out of private lessons. 12 Simple Steps to Sensational Private Lessons! by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” Practice. Treat private lessons like an important class. Carefully and completely do … Continue reading

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ClarinetMike Practice Secret: Temperature/Humidity Gauge

Here’s a little practice tip (secret) I’ve found very helpful. ClarinetMike Practice Secret: Temperature/Humidity Gauge by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” ClarinetMike says, “Go online or to a ‘Mega’ Mart and get a small, inexpensive, and portable temperature gauge that shows room … Continue reading

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10 Little Things That Make Big Things Happen!

Below are 10 valuable items I carry in my clarinet case. ClarinetMike says, “Remember the words of Coach John Wooden, ‘Little Things Make Big Things Happen.’” 10 Little Things That Make Big Things Happen! by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” Darker … Continue reading

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ClarinetMike’s All-State Preparation Kit: 10 Ways to Upgrade Your Performance!

Marching Band Season is over here in Texas (mostly). Kids in Texas and across the USA are turning their attention 100% to all-region/all-state preparation (along with catching up on homework and sleep!). Therefore, I have assembled some previously published ClarinetMike Blog … Continue reading

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Upcoming Audition? ClarinetMike says, “PERFORM MUSIC!”

Do You Have An Upcoming All-Region Audition? Music Jury? University Entrance Audition? Concerto Competition? ClarinetMike says, “PERFORM MUSIC!” In the preparation for and giving of auditions and such I suggest changing our thinking from “I want to beat people and WIN!” to “I … Continue reading

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“E-Tips for E-Lips” Clarinet Embouchure Tips!

I recently posted my 5-C Clarinet Embouchure click here. Below are 5 embouchure tips I strongly suggest using with the 5-C Embouchure. In addition to working GREAT with 5-C, I think these tips will generally work well with pretty much … Continue reading

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