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Don’t Look Down!

I’ve 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 position, posture, etc. can be impacted. … Continue reading

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Upgrade Your Sound: Project!

Today I gave six all-state clarinet and bass clarinet master classes at a high school here in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas. In today’s master classes, I worked on improving the tone qualities of the students and this included working on their … Continue reading

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“Head In The Right Direction!”

Proportions of the Head (c. 1488 – 1489) is a drawing by Leonardo da Vinci. In a recent video post, I considered the importance of not leaning over too much when playing the clarinet. A related issue is that of … Continue reading

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Practice Tip: “I Will Clap The Music Every Day!”

Inside ClarinetMike’s Studio: A few years ago, one of my bright-eyed junior high students, Ian, came to a lesson and played music that he was preparing for a contest. He did an excellent performance of the notes; however, the rhythms … Continue reading

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“Polka!” Etude No. 3 All-State Tips from ClarinetMike’s 2019-2020 Texas TMEA All-State Soprano Clarinet Clinic

Below are my clinic notes on Etude No. 3 from this year’s Texas TMEA All-State Soprano Clarinet Etudes.  My previously published notes on Etude 1 and 2 are available: Etude 1 here and Etude 2 here. ClarinetMike’s Texas TMEA All-State … Continue reading

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TIPS! All-State Etude No. 2 “The Slow Etude” Preparation Help from ClarinetMike’s 2019-2020 Texas TMEA All-State Soprano Clarinet Clinic

Below are my clinic notes on Etude No. 2 from this year’s Texas TMEA All-State Soprano Clarinet Etudes.  My notes on Etude 1 are available here. Watch for my notes on Etude 3 coming soon! ClarinetMike’s Texas TMEA All-State Clarinet … Continue reading

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All-State Tips! Etude No. 1 from ClarinetMike’s 2019-2020 Texas TMEA All-State Soprano Clarinet Clinic

Below are my clinic notes on Etude No. 1 from this year’s Texas TMEA All-State Soprano Clarinet Etudes. Watch for my notes on Etudes 2 and 3 coming soon! ClarinetMike’s Texas TMEA All-State Clarinet Clinic 2019-2020 Soprano Clarinet Preparation Tips: … Continue reading

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