Tag Archives: Practice Tips

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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“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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7 Ways to Improve Your Practicing!

I know many of you are practicing feverishly preparing for all-region, all-state, lessons, concerts, orchestra auditions, concerto competitions, university auditions, recital hearings, juries, etc. Below are some tips that will help you make the most of your practice sessions. 7 … Continue reading

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