I know many of you could not make it live, but wanted to hear the answers to these questions. I've prepared a timeline for you so can find the questions you like most easily:
4:55 How do I do jaw vibrato on the clarinet?
10:20 What music (method books) are good to use for someone who is just getting back into clarinet playing after many years?
14:08 Ho do I articulate clearly, especially in the clarion register?
18:52 How do I improve pitch and tuning?
23:44 How do I prevent the "growl" or "kazoo" sound when I am trying to play high notes?
27:16 Should I always swab my clarinet and put it away, even if I am going to use it later the same day?
30:03 What is the best way to break in a new reed?
31:39 Reed case discussion
32:08 How do we breathe efficiently in long passages with no results (Like Rose Etude #4)?
33:52 Artistic breathing as a strategy in Rose Studies
35:17 Why do my notes above high C (altissimo) sound harsh and sharp?
38:05 What are the pros and cons of adjustable barrels?
40:29 Tuning rings
40:47 What are your opinions on the Klose and Baermann clarinet methods?
41:53 How do you practise difficult passages and what is a good approach?
43:54 What do you do when you have way more music than time available to practise?
47:08 I often get a "tha" sound when I start a note. It is not the same sound as a grunt. It is especially noticable when I have to begin a note softly. I suspect I am not doing something proper with my breath or my tongue, but I cant seem to figure out how to start a note completely cleanly. Any suggestions what to try?
50:56 What do you think of plastic reeds?
(Discussion of Legere European Cut reeds)
Interview with Tim Elvy of Legere: https://clarineat.com/s01e15/
58:28 When purchasing a new clarinet for an intermediate player who only plays for own pleasure, what are some things to consider when making a selection?
1:00:44 What's happening with the Clarinet Cruise?
1:01:32 Clarinet Live Event with masterclasses Nashville March 9 - 11, 2017
1:03:16 What is your opinion on Silverstein ligatures?
1:03:47 Also recommended: BG Duo ligatures
1:04:30 Also recommended Peter Spriggs floating rail ligature
1:04:40 After playing using the register key is it common for the clarinet to remain high for a couple of notes sometimes. Is it me or the clarinet, or can it just happen?
1:07:44 What is the best material for clarinet pads?
1:08:44 Discussion about therapeutic aspects of music and injury prevention
1:10:11 What is the Reed Geek?
1:10:47 What type of reed case do you recommend? (many recommended including Bambu and D'Addario)
1:11:31 How do Legere reeds compare to other reed strengths?
1:12:10 Harry's cats
1:13:13 How to support the Clarineat Podcast
1:13:18 Links to free clarinet lessons
Michelle Recommends - Clarineat - Many great clarinet resources for you.
My co-host in today's live training, Sean Perrin, has a great website for clarinetists at www.clarineat.com
. It has links to the many clarinet interviews he has created with the Clarineat podcast, as well as product reviews, and clarinet news. There are also links to clarinet supplies that you can purchase, with partial proceeds supporting the podcast which Sean does all on his own for the clarinet community.
Clarinet Mentors Live Event
I am very excited to announce that the very first live, in-person Clarinet Mentors event is happening in conjunction with the Backun International Clarinet Competition March 9 -11, 2017. We have been invited to host a special Clarinet Mentors event designed for you, the enthusiastic amateur clarinetist, AND we get access to all of the amazing events at the Backun International Clarinet Competition. It is like a 2-for-1 clarinet extravaganza!
Just announced! Some of the world's greatest clarinet artists will be joining the Clarinet Mentors group for our very own masterclasses and fireside chats. Whooo-Hooo! This includes David Shifrin, Ricardo Morales, John Schertle and Corrado Giufreddi. We are extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to interact with and learn from these clarinet masters (who are also really nice guys).
When I reflect upon where I have learned the most in my life, it has usually been at intense live events like this. The summer musical programs for me (such as the Aspen Music Festival) which combined lessons, concerts and masterclasses probably accounted for about 80% of my "clarinet breakthroughs". All the months in between, where I had the odd lesson and worked on my own, made up the rest. These live events can really fast-track our progress. I want you to experience this power and have a clarinet breakthrough for yourself.
This event includes at least four live Clarinet Mentors masterclasses, where participants get mini lessons with Michelle and our special guests. There will be special clarinet ensembles led by Michelle, chances to try out incredible clarinet gear, and access to view a competition with some of the clarinet world's rising stars. There will also be some "fireside chats" with some of the world's greatest clarinet players.
The recitals are amazing and include world-class players such as David Shifrin, Ricardo Morales, Corrado Giufreddi, Wonkak Kim, James Zimmerman, and more. Click here for details
. The concerts alone make this event worth attending!
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