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“Unkink Your Hose!” A Practical Tip for Lawn Care and Performing on a Wind Instrument

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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5 Steps to Great All-State Preparation [Clinic]

Kids here in Texas are already starting to work on this fall’s ATSSB All-State audition materials. So, below are my 5 Steps to Great All-State Preparation.  The steps below are loaded with information from my ClarinetMike All-State Clarinet Clinics (click … Continue reading

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The Best Clarinet Fingerings for F# and Eb

The Best Clarinet Fingerings for F# and Eb by Dr. Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” Below I offer my opinions on two fingerings that I think should be taught to beginning (and all) clarinetists. First space F#/Gb.  Beginners are often taught to play … Continue reading

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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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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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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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Upcoming Audition? ClarinetMike says, “PERFORM MUSIC!”

Do You Have An Upcoming All-Region Audition? Music Jury? University Entrance Audition? Concerto Competition? 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 … Continue reading

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