Tag Archives: Practice Tips

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

Here are 10 general practice tips for preparing the All-State etudes, solos, or any music. I have marked a few spots, Bad Pedagogy, to indicate opportunities for teachers to upgrade their instruction. 10 Practice Tips for All-State, Solos, and Everything! by Dr. … Continue reading

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Top 10 Things To Do On Summer Break!

Top 10 Things To Do On Summer Break! by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” Lessons. Take online private lessons with a good teacher. A good teacher will spend time improving your basics and teaching you how to practice in addition to … Continue reading

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“Unkink Your Hose!”

A few years ago, the city of Hurst, Texas sent out some nice folks to put down new grass in my lawn where they had previously dug it up to fix a water line. As I got out the ClarinetMike … Continue reading

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7 Ways to Improve Your Practicing

Here’s some tips that will help you make the most of your practice sessions. 7 Ways to Improve Your Practicing by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” Practice First. “Work expands to fill the time available.” (A time management maxim known as “Parkinson’s Law.”) … Continue reading

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7 Woodwind Doubling Tips

These tips are generally pointed toward doubling on clarinet, saxophone, and flute [my doubles]; however, I believe they also will be useful on double reeds. Further, I think the principles in the tips will generally be helpful on any instrument. … Continue reading

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Practice Tip: “Practice with a Practice Routine”

Below is the Practice Routine I use and teach. Don’t feel obligated to hit every single item below every day. Use your creativity and common sense to rotate things around in a routine of Basics, Scales, and Music – this … Continue reading

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7 Ways 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 seven more.” 7 Ways to Improve Clarinet Tone Immediately! [or almost immediately] by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” 1. Show Me Your Reed! I suggest band directors … Continue reading

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Improve Clarinet Articulation: ClarinetMike’s Basic Tonguing Exercise

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 with my students and in my own playing. Also, below is something extra: a new ClarinetMike … Continue reading

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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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