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ClarinetMike’s Clarinet Teacher Tips: The Basic Tonguing Exercise aka “Betty”

One of the most important (and difficult) aspects of playing the clarinet is tonguing. Below is a slightly revised version of a previous post that has an articulation exercise I’ve found helpful in my students and my own playing. When working … Continue reading

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ClarinetMike’s Texas All-State Clarinet Clinic: Preparation Guide

[NOTE: Below is a slightly revised version of a previous blog post. This guide is from my Texas All-State Clarinet Clinic Lecture Notes. Look for more All-State help from ClarinetMike in coming weeks!] ClarinetMike’s Texas All-State Clarinet Clinic: Preparation Guide Dr. … Continue reading

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ClarinetMike’s Texas ATSSB All-State Soprano Clarinet Clinic: Lecture Notes 2013-2014

Below are the lecture notes I am using this fall in my All-State Clarinet Clinics for the Texas ATSSB (Association of Texas Small School Bands) soprano clarinet all-state audition in high schools. For my other clarinet all-state lecture notes go HERE and HERE. NOTE: … Continue reading

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ClarinetMike’s Texas All-State Soprano Clarinet Clinic: Lecture Notes 2013-2014

ClarinetMike’s Texas All-State Soprano Clarinet Clinic: Lecture Notes 2013-2014 Below are the lecture notes I am using this fall in my All-State Clarinet Clinics in high schools, etc. Also, they are also available on my clarinetmike.com webpage in PDF HERE. … Continue reading

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ClarinetMike’s 101 Clarinet Tips: #9 Maximize Your Maxims in Teaching!

Using short, memorable comments during clarinet instruction is an effective way of quickly and concisely communicating an idea or concept. One of my heroes, John Wooden, was famous for his “Maxims.” It is important that teachers consider and evaluate their … Continue reading

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ClarinetMike’s 101 Clarinet Tips: #4 “Betty”

#4 The Basic Tonguing Exercise – a.k.a. BTE  or “Betty.” Scene: Cyrille, one of ClarinetMike’s fabulous students, is just starting a clarinet lesson. ************ ClarinetMike: “Great to see you today, Cyrille. Let’s work on your tonguing today.” Cyrille: “My tonguing … Continue reading

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ClarinetMike’s 101 Clarinet Tips: #1 Right Hand Down?

Periodically for the next few weeks, months (years?), etc. I’m going to be offering some tips on clarinet playing that I’ve accumulated over many years of teaching the clarinet. #1 Right Hand Down? It is a well-known band director trick to … Continue reading

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