Tag Archives: Practice Routine

10 Practice Tips for Preparing All-State, Solos, and Everything!

Here are 10 general practice tips for preparing the All-State etudes, solos, or any music. Hey Teachers! I have marked a few spots, [BAD PEDAGOGY], to indicated opportunities for teachers to correct and upgrade their instruction. Watch for MORE All-State help … 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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5 MORE Steps to Beautiful Clarinet Tone: The “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 also think these tips will generally work well with pretty much … Continue reading

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Clarinet Embouchure: 5 Steps to Beautiful Clarinet Tone!

ClarinetMike says, “The 5-C Clarinet Embouchure Below Works Great. Check It Out!” Also, my basic ClarinetMike Clarinet Clinic Handouts (including 5-C Embouchure below) are available in an Easy-To-Print-PDF HERE. I give permission to all readers of the ClarinetMike Blog to print, copy … 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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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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