2016-03-22 Aggghh! My clarinet reed sucks! - Here's how you can improve it

Aggghh! My clarinet reed sucks! - Here's how you can improve it Sent Tuesday, March 22, 2016 View as plaintext

Clarinet Mentors
For clarinetists who want to perform more easily and beautifully
In This Issue                  
March 22, 2016                     
  • A Note From Michelle Anderson - Hello and Aloha!
  • Free Training - Reeds! - Can you get them to play better (before you turn them into kindling)? -  Here are some suggestions to improve your existing reeds
  • Michelle Recommends -Clarineat - a new clarinet podcast by Sean Perrin
  • 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 just finished a run of Madama Butterfly with the Vancouver Opera. It is such lush, beautiful music. I am still humming melodies from it nearly a week later. We are just heading into Spring Break here, and our family is off to Maui for some holiday time. (In fact, I am completing this newsletter on the airplane - I love modern technology!). I am celebrating one of those "milestone birthdays" and want to welcome it in style. Perhaps I'll include a photo in the next newsletter if I find something dramatic to acknowledge another great decade of my life. I don't know if there are any Clarinet Mentors members in Maui, but if you are there, let me know! Meanwhile, I'm loving Vancouver in spring. Sunny, warm, flowers everywhere, and tons of fresh snow just 45 minutes away in the mountains. Here is what I did earlier this week:
Every now and then, and I reminded of the value of one of my older YouTube videos. I received a lovely email from Kal, who told me that the videos on reed adjustment really made a difference to him. These were some of the very first videos that I ever filmed for the YouTube channel and this newsletter. They are recorded on older technology. I do intend to film an updated version, but the content is very good as is. I am presenting these today to you because I think the content is really useful. I hope you enjoy them. 
Thanks for joining me in this great community of clarinetists!
Free Training: How To Make Your Reeds Work Better - This can make a HUGE difference in your playing! (From the vault of vintage Clarinet Mentors videos)
If you use a cane reed, as many of you do, they can be fussy! Sometimes a reed sounds great one day, and the next day doesn't seem to work. There are some things that you can do to make them work better. In 2012, I filmed some videos on my iMac that provide some of my favourite reed adjusting tips. The technology is old compared to my more recent videos. However, I think the content is really helpful. I am putting a link to two videos here that I think are worth viewing.
Click on the photo below (and please don't laugh at my youthful enthusiasm in one of my very first videos to you), or this link.
You can find part 2 here.
Michelle Recommends - Clarineat Podcast - a variety of clarinet topics to check out
There is a relatively new clarinet podcast hosted by Sean Perrin that features a variety of clarinet performers, composers and clarinet-gadget creators. You can peruse the various topics here. http://clarineat.com/episodes/
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.
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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