2015-03-05 More on Clarinet Reeds: How to improve older reeds and extend their use

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Clarinet Mentors
For clarinetists who want to perform more easily and beautifully
In This Issue                  
March 5, 2015                      
  • A Note From Michelle Anderson - Vancouver's pink snow
  • Free Training  - How to make your reeds respond last longer and sound better with some simple tools
  • Michelle Recommends - Mozart's Lost Clarinet - an interesting movie about Mozart and Anton Stadler
  • Vancouver Cadenza Clarinet Choir - Any clarinetists in the Vancouver area looking to join and adult clarinet choir?
  • 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 hope you are enjoying your clarinet, and continuing to make progress. I do my best to include recommendations and pointers here that help you to play more easily.
I am so pleased that you are part of the Clarinet Mentors community. It is amazing how many committed and keen clarinetists there are in the world. As this community grows, I realize that more and more people are taking up and enjoying musical instruments, at all levels of experience and ages. I hope that your musical journey is going well.
Professionally, I am just wrapping up a run of Die Fledermaus with the Vancouver Opera. This production has an outstanding cast, and is done in an over-the-top comedic fashion that has the orchestra laughing along. (Good thing the best lines happen when my clarinet is not in my mouth!) I have also have performed in a few concerts celebrating Asian cultures, including a Chinese New Year's concert, and a concert celebrating the music of Japan. An interesting mix for me. Coming up I have some school concerts with my woodwind quintet which will involve a bunch of fun, shorter pieces of music to capture the interest of the 5 to 12 year old crowds.
I am excited about the new clarinet course that I am working hard on. It has taken a long time to put together, but the pieces are starting to shape up. I'll keep you posted on the progress since many of you have asked when it will finally be ready. (Soon????)
Vancouver is stunningly beautiful this spring with unusually warm and sunny weather. Many of our trees are planted with ornamental cherry trees, and much of the city looks like the photo above right now. When the wind blows, it "snows" flower petals. Hard to stay indoors and practise, but I managing to get that done as well!
Thanks so much for being part of my Clarinet Community. I hope that you enjoy your clarinet this week! 

Free Training - How you can make your older reeds play better and last longer

Reeds! We don't always like them, but we can't live without them! Today's free training shows you how to maximize the performance of your current reed using some simple tools. Going through the constant wet/dry cycle causes cane reeds to warp, which can prevent them from playing well. Today's video shows how you can use a reed resurfacer to help keep the back of your reeds flat for better response. I also have a simple tip for fixing a warped tip.
If you have some good reed pointers, please share them with me and the Clarinet Mentors community by adding some comments to the video comments section.
Some of this material I released previously in one of my first YouTube videos, but since my technology has improved, this video will be much easier to watch.
Watch the video by clicking on the photo below, or click here.
Michelle Recommends: Mozart's Lost Clarinet
Mozart's Lost Clarinet is an interesting documentary put together by Berlin Philharmonic Clarinet Expert Dr. Heike Fricke about Mozart and his friend, the clarinetist, Anton Stadler.
Mozart wrote some of his very best music for the clarinet, and was inspired by Anton Stadler. This video, which is available to rent for 48 hours on your computer for about $5, is an interesting look at their relationship and music. It also features some lovely Mozart clarinet music performed on instruments that must sound similar to those that Mozart heard.
This is a great one hour video of interest to fans of the clarinet. You can find it at:
You can also watch a trailer at no charge here:
Vancouver Cadenza Clarinet Choir - openings for players in this area
For many years I have been coaching the Vancouver Clarinet choir, a fun group of amateur clarinetist who do their best to make great music together. It has varied in size from 20 people to a dedicated quartet. We are looking to expand our membership again for people who would be a good fit. If you might be interested in playing with us (usually the first and third Tuesday evenings of the month), please send me a note. 

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.
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