2015-12-13 Would you like your clarinet to sound better soon?

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Clarinet Mentors
For clarinetists who want to perform more easily and beautifully
In This Issue                  
December 13,  2015                      
  • A Note From Michelle Anderson - Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkuh, Festive Days (whatever you celebrate)
  • Free Training - Tone Checklist part 2 - Simple changes in how you hold your clarinet for better tone
  • Michelle Recommends - 12 Days Of Backun - Your chance to win some great clarinet prizes for the next 12 days
  • **NEW Course available Dec. 18th - My best system to help you play clarinet with better tone - try some free preview videos now
  • 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. It has been great for me to read emails recently from many of you in the Clarinet Mentors community who are really enjoying their clarinet playing. Many of you have returned to clarinet later in life, or are a total beginner (in all age groups). We all like to play music, and hope to make our clarinets sound better. I'm glad you are in this community. My hope is to share some ideas that make your clarinet journey a bit easier.
December is always busy for me. Last night I performed with the Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble, in a regular season concert, which included a mini Clarinet-Christmas before the show (photo below). Tomorrow, I begin playing with the Nutcracker, which runs virtually every evening next week. I love Tchaikovsky's ballet music. Fun clarinet parts!
Friday, I sent out a quick note about your chance to win an amazing MoBa clarinet (valued at over $11,000). There are more details below. It would be great if someone in the Clarinet Mentors community wins this prize.
Big news for me - I will be releasing an important part of new course, called Better Clarinet Tone, next Friday, December 18th. There are some details below, and I'll send a separate email out later this week as well. The new software I am using really helps deliver a great course. I hope you all try it and enjoy it!
Happy Holidays to all of you!
Free Training: Clarinet Mentors Tone Checklist Part Two - Great reminders here on how to improve your tone, some of these work instantly!
I believe that almost every clarinetist wants to sound better. It sounds simplistic to state it that way, but it is true. We all have our "clarinet idols" - those amazing performers that have beautiful tone flowing out of their instruments, and somehow combine it with superb musical sensitivity and expression. They are our role models for what we want to do with our own instruments.
I have been giving clarinet tone a lot of thought, since the thing I hear from all of you in the Clarinet Mentor's community more than anything, is that you just want your clarinet to sound better. (*Just added - after this free training, scroll down to find out how you can access preview videos to my finally completed course on clarinet tone.)
Today's video continues the training from last newsletter, where I try and give you "everything that you need to think about to create good clarinet tone".  I have created the Clarinet Mentors Tone Checklist for you, which you can download here: http://www.clarinetmentors.com/resources/ClarinetMentorsToneChecklist.pdf
This list contains many of the elements of clarinet playing which contribute to good tone production, and gives you some concrete suggestions on how you can improve. I already have several YouTube videos available that will give you a great head start on this checklist. Today's video, part 2, covers many things related to how you position your clarinet and your body, which can affect tone considerably It is a fairly short video, and great review for all of us.
You can use this checklist to evaluate what areas of your playing may need work, and try out some of the suggestions in the associated videos. I will add more material to the checklist as the next couple of YouTube videos come available to you.
I hope you enjoy it, and you will receive the more videos in the next  newsletter. This is one of my cornerstones of clarinet teaching - how to pass on the many skills related to producing a good tone. I hope it helps you to sound your best.
You can click on the photo below, or find the video by clicking here.
Michelle Recommends: 12 Days of Backun
On Friday, I sent out a quick note to all of you about the incredible giveaway currently underway by Backun Musical. Their grand prize is the beautiful Moba cocobolo clarinet, with gold keys, played by Ricardo Morales, and a Silverstein Maestro ligature (value over $11,000). Many of you jumped in to enter on Friday. I am posting a link below to the full contest rules. In a nutshell, you need to participate in the contest every day for 12 days, and a winner will be randomly drawn from all of the participants. What a great opportunity for you to get an amazing clarinet.
There will be great clarinet prizes everyday. I notice that today's post is for a free Backun barrel. I recommend barrels to many of my students as one of the first "upgrades" to their equipment (second only to a good mouthpiece).
If any of you end up winning something, let me know!
You can click on the photo below to see the rules. You can also just jump to their Facebook page here.
Announcing - Michelle's new course: How To Play Clarinet More Easily - for the intermediate to advanced player
Exciting news for me to share with all of you. I have working hard for more than two years of planning, recording, writing etc. to create a clarinet course for you that uses ALL of my favourite clarinet pointers and combines them with a very organized set of lesson plans to help you master them. I have taken all of the questions, comments that you all send me, and created a course that I feel covers all of those concerns. Usually, there are a few simple exercises that can solve your clarinet troubles - you just need to know what they are! I have also created a very organized system of exercises to help you really master these skills.
This course, How To Play Clarinet More Easily, is designed for players with an intermediate  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 one of the most important sections of this new course, Better Clarinet Tone, will be available on Friday, December 18. If you are interested in finding out more about this, you can access some free preview videos here: http://www.greatclarinettone.com/getstarted
The rest of the course will follow soon. I think the tone unit is the most important one, and probably the one that has made the most difference to the members of the clarinet community who have been testing out the lessons for me. I'll share some of their comments with you soon as well.
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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