Tag Archives: Practice Tips

5 Steps to Beautiful Clarinet Tone: The 5-C Clarinet Embouchure!

The embouchure below and related “E-Tips for E-Lips” Embouchure Tips (to be reposted soon) have been heavily influenced by the ideas of master single reed teacher Joe Allard. The embouchure and tips reflect years of careful refinements on an embouchure … Continue reading

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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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7 Easy Tricks to Improve Clarinet Tone Immediately! [or almost immediately]

ClarinetMike says, “The granddaddy (and best) of all clarinet tone quick fixes is ‘More Air.’ Here’s 7 more.” 7 Easy Tricks to Improve Clarinet Tone Immediately! [or almost immediately] by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” 1. Show Me Your Reed! I suggest band … 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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BROKEN New Year’s Resolutions? Think HABITS Instead!

As of today, a few [some…many…most…all!] of you who made New Year’s Resolutions have broken at least one [some…many…most…all!]. Don’t give up! Below is some help for you – and ME! Let us think about and work on our HABITS, such … 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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