Tag Archives: John Wooden

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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10 Time Management Tips

The weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas in the USA are often a super busy time for musicians (and everyone!) with lots of time challenges. Therefore, below I offer the following updated 10 Time Management Tips from an article I published in … 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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7 Tricks For Clarinet Teachers

Are you a new clarinet teacher looking for help? Are you a seasoned clarinet teacher looking for upgrades? Have you taught the clarinet since the Hoover Presidency and want to continue to improve? Well, ClarinetMike is lookin’ out for ya! … Continue reading

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Little Mistakes Make Big Problems Happen: Bridge Key Alignment!

Little Mistakes Make Big Problems Happen: Bridge Key Alignment! by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” Recently, I had an excellent student announce that her clarinet wasn’t working properly. After I did an inspection, I noticed that she had not lined up the bridge keys … Continue reading

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The Best Clarinet Fingerings for F# and Eb

The Best Clarinet Fingerings for F# and Eb by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” Below I discuss two common fingerings that should be taught to beginning (and all) clarinetists. First space F#/Gb.  Beginners are often taught to play this note in a chromatic … Continue reading

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7 MORE Powerful Little Secrets From ClarinetMike!

Back in September, I posted my ClarinetMike’s 5 Powerful Little Secrets! – CLICK HERE. Below is a follow up with some additional little tricks. ClarinetMike says, “Remember the words of John Wooden, ‘Little Things Make Big Things Happen.’” 7 MORE Powerful Little Secrets From … Continue reading

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