Make your high notes easier in the next 3 weeks


In this issue:

  • Hello From Michelle - Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!
  • Free Training - Train Your Body To Play Altissimo Notes More Easily - This training exercise will help you improve your high notes in the next 3 weeks 
  • Michelle Recommends - Duo Clarinet Thumb Rest Cushion - comes in crazy colors, too!
  • Further Clarinet Trainings - Did you know that Michelle offers several detailed courses to help you play clarinet more easily? Many of them have a systematic 30-Day Workout plan for you to have clear improvement in a month

Hello From Michelle

Hello to all clarinetists in the Clarinet Mentors Community! Happy Thanksgiving to all of my Canadian Clarinet Friends! For the rest of the world, I am thankful that you are here in my clarinet community. Please enjoy the great training in today's Clarinet Mentors newsletter.

I have had a busy fall. Opera is back in session, and I am currently playing in the Vancouver Opera's production of La Traviata. I recently accepted a clarinet teaching position at the University of British Columbia, which I am really enjoying. I love working with my musical colleagues, especially Jose Franch-Ballester, who is in charge of the program. Here is a fun video of the UBC Clarinet Studio performing an arrangement of 9-1/2 by Nino Rota. I am playing along on bass clarinet. Those of you who were at Clarinet Celebration in Portland will recognize the music.

After eating a bunch of turkey tomorrow, I look forward to upcoming chamber music performances, more opera and even playing an arena rock concert with The Who (accompanied by a symphony orchestra). My life is never dull these days.

I hope that you are enjoying your clarinet these days. I invite you to become a more active part of the Clarinet Mentors Community by trying out one of our live training sessions (

Thanks for being in my community!



Train Your Body To Play High Clarinet Notes More Easily

High notes are often problematic for us. In a recent Clarinet Mastery Live Training session (which you can find out about at I presented an exercise which I have been using with many of students lately, very successfully. This exercise is designed for people who are already playing some higher notes, but if you are a more beginning player, you may be able to adapt it for your own level. It is especially designed for intermediate players. Watch this training here:

Michelle Recommends

Duo Clarinet Thumb Rest Cushion

These are my favourite clarinet thumb rest cushions. They are very comfortable, and the larger one fits on extra wide thumb rests (like on my Backun clarinets), while the smaller fits most conventional thumb rests. It really makes a difference to comfort on your thumb. Plus, if you like to have something a bit different, they come in a variety of interesting colours. I confess, that I go with basic black, but if you want pink, they have it!   Link to Duo Thumbrest


Did you know that Michelle Anderson of Clarinet Mentors has created several step-by-step courses to help you play the clarinet better? Do you want to improve your tone, or move your fingers faster, or play high notes better? Check out all of the courses (which all have free samples for you to learn from) by going to:

If a friend forwarded this to you, I hope you'll become part of my clarinet community! Feel free to email if you have questions, comments or things you would like to see in future newsletters. I hope that you enjoy great music with your clarinet playing this week.

Michelle Anderson, Clarinet Mentors


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