Alternate fingerings to help you play more easily

Sent Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Clarinet Mentors
For clarinetists who want to perform more easily and beautifully
In This Issue                               February 5 2014                      
  • A Note From Michelle Anderson - Appreciation 
  • Free Training - Chromatic Fingerings Part 1- An introduction to alternate fingerings that help you play more smoothly
  • Michelle Recommends - The Clarinet Institute - a great source of clarinet sheet music for solos, ensembles and orchestral excerpts, all on one amazing DVD
  • Clarinet Is Easy - Complete how-to lessons for beginners and self-taught intermediate players
A Note from Michelle Anderson

Hello  !

Welcome to the Clarinet Mentors bi-weekly newsletter.  I welcome new readers to the Clarinet Mentors community, and I hope that you enjoy the clarinet-related knowledge that is shared here. My goal is to continue to make life easier for clarinetists all around the world! I enjoy and appreciate your feedback, so feel free to add your own comments to all of my educational videos on YouTube and Facebook.  

I have a favour to ask of all of you. I have been testing out new templates for this newsletter. I want to send you information in a format that is clear, and easy-to-read. I did hear that the last newsletter was challenging to read on some computers or phones. How is this one? Does it work for you? Please let me know, since they appear quite different on different computer systems.

Thanks to all of you who have been sending me your clarinet stories. I came home from my winter travels in January to well over 200 emails to respond to. I am almost caught up! My apologies if you have been waiting for a reply. Things are getting back on track for me.

My family hosted an "Appreciation Dinner" last week. This was a chance to invite several people who have made a positive impact upon our family into our home for a gathering of good food and company. It was a really fun evening. It reminded me that being appreciative usually leads to good things. I recommend you try it yourself. We really had a good time. Perhaps I'll be looking for a musical appreciation dinner next...I also realize that I have many more people in my life to appreciate, so I need to get cooking!

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For those of you who are relatively new to the clarinet, I have a new video for you that will show you some alternate fingerings that are very useful to know. The accompanying worksheet will help you to master these quickly and easily. Enjoy!
Free Training - Two basic fingerings for you to learn to improve your technic and play more easily
Today's free training is aimed at newer players or self-taught beginners. There are many alternate fingerings that are useful to know, and help you to play certain passages in music much more easily. More experienced players are likely familiar with these chromatic fingerings, but if you are not fluent in them, you may wish to use these exercises to improve your finger skills.
This new video introduces you to two common chromatic fingerings that are very useful to know well. You can download the worksheet that goes with it here:
As always, I enjoy hearing from you, so please add your comments in the comments box below the video on YouTube, or send me an email. Click on the video image below to watch this video lesson.
Michelle Recommends: The Clarinet Institute - an amazing resource for music and other clarinet stuff
I just received a DVD in the mail full of hundreds of clarinet titles from the Clarinet institute of Los Angeles. What a treasure trove! Someone (likely many someones) has been very busy collecting a great deal of clarinet solos, ensembles, and orchestral excerpts. The DVD is only $13.50 plus shipping, and they mail it everywhere.
I highly recommend that you check it out. Click on the photo below to see the complete list of clarinet music that they have available. This will be interesting to any clarinetist who likes playing in small ensembles, wants to play-along with their favourite orchestral recording, or simply enjoy some good solo repertoire.
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  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 Anderson, Clarinet
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