2015-05-16 Clarinet Vibrato - How to do it and when to use it

Clarinet Vibrato - How to do it and when to use it Sent Saturday, May 16, 2015 View as plaintext

Clarinet Mentors
For clarinetists who want to perform more easily and beautifully
In This Issue                  
April 14, 2015                      
  • A Note From Michelle Anderson - My Jazzy springtime
  • Free Training  - Clarinet Vibrato - The easiest way to learn vibrato
  • My Clarinet VIP Opportunity - Join my Early Bird VIP list for some exciting new clarinet training, coming soon...
  • Michelle Recommends - Music Through Time  - Paul Harris - 4 books from beginning to more advanced levels of excellent clarinet solos
  • Masterclass/Workshop With Michelle - Friday, June 5th Tom Lee Music, Langley BC
  • 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 enjoy sharing my best clarinet pointers with all of you, and appreciate you being part of the Clarinet Mentors Community!
It seems like I have a lot of jazz influences in my life these days. I am preparing to perform the Frank Ticheli Concerto for Clarinet with the Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble in Vancouver in June, and in San Jose, CA in July. This is a very well written piece, but challenging to play. Each movement honours a great American composer, including George Gerswin, Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein. I certainly ascertain some jazz influences, although the piece is not specifically written in a jazz or swing genre. I also performed in a concert this week with Diana Krall, who is a superb jazz pianist (and who used to play clarinet). She is using an orchestra on her current tour to supplement the phenomenal rhythm section that she tours with. I recommend that you see the show if it comes your way. She is a marvellous performer.
Many people ask me about clarinet vibrato. I have decided to devote today's training video to vibrato, so read on for more information. It is especially used within clarinet jazz music, so it is a timely video for me.
As I mentioned in my last newsletter, I am currently putting in many hours to complete my next clarinet course for you. I believe that this offers all of the best systems and training that I have learned in over 30 years of teaching to help you to play the clarinet more easily. This has taken me almost 2 years to prepare (in the midst of a busy performing and teaching life) and I am very excited to release it soon. See below for details on how you can get involved in the release celebrations... I am looking forward to sharing it with all of you. It has turned into a massive project, and I'm still working on it. I have a great team of helpers who are speeding up the final edits for me, so hopefully it will be complete soon!
Sorry for the delay on this newsletter. It has been a very busy time. I hope you enjoy the pointers and tips in today's letter.
Thanks so much for being part of my Clarinet Community. I hope that you enjoy your clarinet this week! 
Free Training: Clarinet Vibrato - How to do it, and when to use it
Playing with vibrato can add a whole new expressive dimension into your clarinet playing. It is certainly a major part of most jazz and folk clarinet performance, and some classical players dabble with it as well. If you are a saxophonist, you likely naturally add vibrato to the clarinet using the same technic that you have learned on saxophone.
Today's video gives you a step-by-step system for teaching yourself the basics of clarinet vibrato. Once you know how to do it, you can start to model the various types of vibrato that you hear in your favourite clarinetists.
You can click on the picture below, or this link.
Clarinet List VIP Opportunity
I am very exciting to be finally nearing the end of a two year project 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. 
This course will be 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.)
There are still lots of video edits to do, and worksheets to finalize, and the huge task of loading it all up to a website where you can access all of the great lessons. I am not announcing the exact release date yet, but I am hoping for the next month or two.
When this is complete, I will be ready to celebrate! I want to invite you to the celebrations. I will be hosting a series of special events, including some live online trainings that will allow members of the Clarinet Mentors community to have some live mini lessons, and ask me your clarinet questions. I'll also be sharing some great sample lessons from the course with you. If you are interested in taking part in any of these events, the best way to get the advance notice is to sign up for my VIP Clarinet List. It only takes a minute, and then I will know that you are interested in some great new training (and during my celebration week, it is all at no charge to you) to help you play clarinet more easily. I have a quick (less than one minute) video with directions on how you can sign up. VIP Clarinet members will receive special discounts and exclusive offers, so please sign up now by clicking here!
Michelle Recommends: Music Through Time - Paul Harris
Paul Harris is a British composer, conductor, educator, author and clarinetist who has published several valuable resources within the clarinet world. One series that I really like is the Music Through Time collections. These are series of books ranging from quite easy to fairly advanced, so you can choose your level. (Book One is for roughly first and second year players, Book Two for roughly second to third year players, Book Three for intermediate players and Book Four for more advanced players.) 
Within each book, you will find a selection of clarinet solos that are derived from several musical time periods. This is a great way to play many different musical styles in one collection. There is a piano accompaniment book, but the selections also work well for individual solo study. If you are looking for a nice variety of music to practise, I recommend these books.
Live Masterclass With Michelle: - Friday, June 5th - 5:00 - 7:00 pm, Tom Lee Music - Langley, BC
For those of you who live near Vancouver (or will be here in early June), I will leading an open clarinet workshop with Tom Lee Music, and Backun Musical Services. My goal is to gather a roomful of enthusiastic clarinetists of all levels, with their clarinets in hand. I will present some of my best pointers to help everyone play more easily. My goal is for each person to leave the workshop with at least one new strategy that clearly improves their clarinet playing. I love working with groups of clarinetists, and I hope to see some of you there. It will be a fun evening.
This workshop has the added bonus of being sponsored by Backun Musical Services, who will have a variety of clarinet equipment for people to test out. It is always fun to try new gear, and the quality of this equipment always creates many raving fans (like myself).
As my own personal door prize, I will be offering every person who attends access to some very helpful video lessons that are not currently available to the general public. These have a $75 value, and I am giving them away for people to continue working on the masterclass concepts at home.
If you are interested in attending, you can get more details and register through Tom Lee Music at this link.
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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