Tag Archives: Practice Tips

ClarinetMike’s All-State Preparation Kit: 10 Powerful Resources 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 posts … Continue reading

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Upcoming Audition? ClarinetMike says, “PERFORM MUSIC!”

Do You Have An Upcoming Audition? Competition? Music Jury?  ClarinetMike Says, “PERFORM MUSIC!” In the preparation for and giving of auditions and such I suggest changing our thinking from “I want to beat people and WIN!” to “I will ‘Go … Continue reading

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7 Ways to Upgrade Your Clarinet Playing This Summer!

“Championships are won in the off-season.” The above is true in the music world as in the sports world.  Summer is when our clarinet playing can make major strides and thus enable us to perform well in the fall at … Continue reading

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Supercharge Your Teaching With Powerful Maxims!

A maxim is a short, memorable comment that quickly and concisely communicates an idea or concept.  The use of maxims is a very effective way to teach any subject, including the clarinet. One of my heroes, the legendary basketball coach John … Continue reading

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Super Cool Summer 2017 Clarinet Events for Dallas-Fort Worth Student Clarinetists!

The Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area will be having some fantastic clarinet events for students coming up in June and July! If you know of more, let me know! ClarinetMike says, “HEY CLARINET STUDENTS! Turn off Snapchat for a minute and GO! to some great … Continue reading

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UNKINK YOUR HOSE! A Practical Lawn Care and Clarinet Playing Tip

A couple years ago, the city of Hurst 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 Garden Hose … Continue reading

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DON’T LOOK NOW! This Easy Trick Will Have Your Clarinet Performing Looking Up!

ClarinetMike says, “Don’t Look Down!” I have 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 … Continue reading

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