Tag Archives: Saxophone

Duo 35 Plays ELVIS! Program Notes for Duo 35 TMEA Tour 2019! Saxophonist Todd Oxford and ClarinetMike Perform at TMEA on Friday, February 15 at 2 pm!

As previously posted, saxophonist Todd Oxford and I have been invited to perform at the HUGE Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention 2019 in beautiful downtown San Antonio, Texas on Friday, February 15 at 2 p.m.!  Leading up to our big TMEA … 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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12 Simple Steps to Sensational Private Lessons! Follow These and Your Performing Will Skyrocket!

Hey! Below are some common-sense tips that will help students get the most out of private lessons. 12 Simple Steps to Sensational Private Lessons! by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” Practice. Treat private lessons like an important class. Carefully and completely do … Continue reading

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ClarinetMike Practice Secret: Temperature/Humidity Gauge

Here’s a little practice tip (secret) I’ve found very helpful. ClarinetMike Practice Secret: Temperature/Humidity Gauge by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” ClarinetMike says, “Go online or to a ‘Mega’ Mart and get a small, inexpensive, and portable temperature gauge that shows room … Continue reading

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Duo 35 TMEA Tour 2019: ClarinetMike and Saxophonist Todd Oxford To Perform at Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention in February 2019!

Hey San Antonio River Walk! Get the Chips and Salsa Ready, Duo 35 is Coming! Saxophonist Todd Oxford and I have been invited to perform at the HUGE Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention 2019 in beautiful downtown San Antonio, Texas … Continue reading

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10 Little Things That Make Big Things Happen!

Below are 10 valuable items I carry in my clarinet case. ClarinetMike says, “Remember the words of Coach John Wooden, ‘Little Things Make Big Things Happen.’” 10 Little Things That Make Big Things Happen! by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” Darker … 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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