Clarinet Mentors Live Training Call April 29th, 2017

We had about 50 people from many countries on our live call. You can see the list of questions below, and relevant links.


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Live Training April 29th (2017)

See list of topics below

This session started with Michelle teaching some technics for learning new music. You can download the sheet music here:


Part 1: How to learn new music 
5:30 -  how to play challenging leaps or intervals
8:15 - a great breathing technic
12:30 - finger technique - how to help fingers coordinate and play faster
17:15 - how can we play more expressively
22:50 - how to improve rhythm and expression

Part 2: Q&A from participants
28:30  - right & left hand pinkies - How can I get them to work more easily?

31:55 - How do I produce great tone on the clarinet?

34:30 Discussion of how clarinet mouthpieces affect sound

41:25 - My right hand hurts when I play, how do I fix this?

35:55 - What makes a good clarinet embouchure?

36:56 - Discussion of digital recorders

37:15 - I have an air leak when I play. Is this a problem?

38:44 - I have trouble tuning, especially with string instruments. How should I fix this?

40:11 - How do you teach clarinet students to use better air support?
Relevant videos: - (activating blowing muscles)
and - (good huffing/long tone warmup)

41:30 - More discussion of sore right hand and thumb
Relevant video:

45:55 - B key doesn't seem to work.
Relevant video:

51:06- fingering of repetitive & fast B, A, Bb - how to play those awkward left hand notes quickly

53:07 - tonguing basics

55:40 - How can we sight read music better, especially in a band?

60 min - playing by memory - Should I do it?

1:02:33- more B key discussion and challenges of crossing the break

1:04:37 - clarinet repertoire for College audition

1:12:26 - What are some good clarinet lessons for a beginner?

1:14:04 - What are some good courses for more advanced clarinetists?

1:14:42 - How can I play Rossini's Theme and Variations better? (and other fast fingering music) Relevant videos:

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