2016-04-28 Clarinets and High Notes - here's how to improve yours..

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Clarinet Mentors
For clarinetists who want to perform more easily and beautifully
In This Issue                  
April 28, 2016                     
  • A Note From Michelle Anderson - Hello all clarinetists!
  • Free Training - Sound Great with this Spring Tune-up to improve high notes and tone
  • Michelle Recommends - Ricardo Morales debuts the Leshnoff Concerto
  • Some Clarinet Bargains until April 30 - A great chance to upgrade your gear
  • How To Play Clarinet More Easily -  My newest clarinet course with two modules currently available - Better Clarinet Tone, and Faster Clarinet Fingers
  • Clarinet Is Easy - Complete how-to lessons for beginners and self-taught intermediate players
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A Note from Michelle Anderson
Hello  !
Welcome to the Clarinet Mentors newsletter. I am so pleased to be part of this great worldwide community of clarinetists that includes you. If you have just joined the Clarinet Mentors community, welcome aboard! I hope you learn many things here that make your clarinet playing more fun and easy.
I realize that today's newsletter is later than usual, and I apologize to those of you that look forward to receiving clarinet pointers on a regular basis. It has been extremely busy for me! In the past couple of weeks I have been involved with a film sound track, a musical soundtrack, Mahler's version of Beethoven's 9th Symphony (which has 4 clarinetists, and a "bells up" moment), a couple of regular orchestra concerts, and a trio performance. It seems like all of my spring concerts were clustered into about 3 weeks.
As I sent out my last newsletter, I was about to go on holidays with my family to Maui. I wanted to do something epic to celebrate my birthday, and have some down time before the crazy month of April. I said that I would post a photo, so here it is. This was me, greeting a new year and birthday with sunrise on top of the Haleakalā crater at the crack of dawn. It was a good way to welcome the day! Sometimes it is nice to welcome life with view of spectacular beginnings, such as this.
Thanks for joining me in this great community of clarinetists!
Free Training: Embouchure and High Notes - Time to Review "The Basics" to Improve Your Tone and High Notes
I have been taking a few clarinet lessons myself recently to improve my own playing. I always appreciate feedback from great teachers. I was surprised to discover that I was letting some very basic clarinet concepts slip in my own playing. It may have been in a very small way, but enough to impede my best sound and ease of performance. Hearing someone else say to me, what I really already knew how to do, was a well-needed reminder.
With that in mind, I bring you a five-minute lesson (plus a one minute intro) that will likely be a reminder of important "basics" to many of you. These concepts are always worth focusing on. I hope you enjoy today's video, and since it is relatively short, I encourage you to watch it with clarinet in hand!
Click on the photo below, or this link: https://youtu.be/8PcsXBPSqu0
Michelle Recommends - Ricardo Morales - a gorgeous world premiere of the Leshnoff Clarinet Concerto 
Ricardo Morales is a clarinetist who can truly navigate the full range of clarinet timbre and technic with supreme artistry. His tone colours and fluid playing are well illustrated in this recording of the Leshnoff Clarinet Concerto, which was commissioned by the Philadelphia Orchestra for Ricardo to perform. This is not a professional recording, but even so, it does illustrate the beauty of Ricardo's playing. This composition is very compelling and showcases many colours of the orchestra as well with some challenging parts from all sections of the group.
I recommend that you listen to it for some inspiration! 
Do You Want To Play Clarinet More Easily?
Michelle's new course: How To Play Clarinet More Easily - now has two modules available for you to preview with Free sample videos
WhooHooo!!! A new clarinet course for you! This course, How To Play Clarinet More Easily, is designed for players with an intermediate to advanced level of clarinet skills. (If you are newer to the instrument, or basically self-taught, the Clarinet Is Easy course, below, is a great starting point to prepare you for this upcoming course.)
I am happy to announce that two of the most important sections of this new course are now available. Faster Clarinet Fingers (as you may guess from the name) has all of my favourite tools and tricks to help you move your fingers around the instrument more easily and quickly. I have heard great feedback from clarinetists who have been going through this course. You can access some free preview videos here: http://www.fasterclarinetfingers.com/getstarted You'll be asked to enter your email address, which is just to have the system automatically send you links to the videos.
Better Clarinet Tone covers all of the areas of clarinet playing that affect how you sound on the clarinet. Most of are inspired by listening to our favourite players, and we want to sound more like that. This set of video training will help you figure out how you can sound the way you want to sound! You can access free preview videos here: http://www.greatclarinettone.com/getstarted
You'll be asked to enter your email address, which is just to have the system automatically send you links to the videos.
As with all of my courses, there is a 30-Day, 100% Money-Back Guarantee. My goal is to give you the very best tools to help you learn the clarinet much more easily and quickly. If these are not the right tools for you, I refund your tuition, no problem.
Upgrade your clarinet with a new barrel, bell (or even a new clarinet) - great sale until April 30th
I have been letting my students in town know about the big barrel, bell and clarinet sale that is going on at Backun Musical Services until April 30th. They have really appreciated being able to get some great upgrades to their clarinets on a huge sale. Although I am a Backun artist, I am not being paid to let you know about this. I just think it is a great opportunity for you to try some better gear at a great price. I freely recommend any gear that I think will make any clarinetist sound better, or at least something I feel they should explore. A wooden barrel can make your plastic clarinet sound like an intermediate wooden instrument, and is a great way to upgrade your sound. If you already have a good wooden clarinet, then I recommend that you try the higher end barrels or bells. Here is a link if you are curious : http://backunmusical.com/collections/demo-studio
Clarinet Is Easy - Your Step-by-Step Beginner Course - Now Available! (Also enjoyed by many intermediate level players)
How To Solve Your Common Clarinet Frustrations and Play Clarinet More Easily
I firmly believe that if anyone has the "recipe" for how to play clarinet, things are really relatively easy to do. Most of our frustrations come from inadvertently learning bad habits along the way. With that in mind, I have created for you a 10-lesson comprehensive course for beginners (and self-taught intermediate players) that gives you the tools to truly learn the clarinet easily, while avoiding all of the most common frustrations that can plague us. I believe that these lessons can save you hours of grief by giving you the best practise systems that have worked for thousands of clarinetists. The lessons have great content, and are presented in a video format so that you can watch them again and again. If you would like to play with more ease and have a clear understanding of the fundamentals of clarinet playing, you can get more information on the Clarinet Is Easy course here (including some free preview videos):
Click here for the free preview videos to Clarinet Is Easy
If you are curious about this, you can try these lessons with a 100% 30-Day Money-Back Guarantee. (That means that you can try a full 5 lessons before you decide if you have received great value from the course.) If it is not the right style for you, you get your tuition refunded, no problem. I invite you to try it now! Many students have received amazing results so far from this course (and you can read their comments on the order page).
About Michelle Anderson
Michelle Anderson, the founder of Clarinet Mentors,  is a professional clarinetist and teacher who currently lives in Vancouver BC. Her professional career spans over 30 years and she currently plays regularly with the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, the Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the West Coast Chamber Music series. She has performed with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the CBC Vancouver Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Touring Orchestra and many other groups. Michelle currently specializes in teaching adults to play clarinet more easily and quickly through online resources, and conducts the Vancouver Clarinet Choir. Michelle is a Backun Musical Services Artist and plays on Backun clarinets and mouthpieces.
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