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Hello to all clarinetists in the Clarinet Mentors Community! I know it has been a long time since an official Clarinet Mentors Newsletter has gone out. My apologies. There are lots of exciting things going on that I want to share with you. I have had a very busy fall with performances that include The Merry Widow with the Vancouver Opera, Silent Night, a very powerful opera about the Christmas truce in World War One, and some fun chamber music. It is always great to perform a wide variety of things.
Some of my performances this year fall into the "scary" category for me. I am reminded that ALL of us as clarinetists have moments where we have very little confidence in our ability to sound as good as we would like. This strikes fear into the clarinetist who has played for 60 seconds, and for those who have played for 60 years. If you feel this way, you are not alone. I've created a free training program for you to help with this in today's newsletter that includes a downloadable Clarinet Mentors Practise Planner.
I am also super excited about Clarinet Celebration, a live clarinet event in Portland Oregon, in June which David Shifrin is organizing. There will be a very special Clarinet Mentors program as part of this event. I can't imagine a better setting for clarinetists of all levels to gather together and learn lots, be inspired and have some fun music together. See below for details. I really hope you will consider joining us.
If you are new to the Clarinet Mentors Community, welcome! I hope that you enjoy the ongoing resources here. Today's free training (see below) has lots of information that will be helpful to any clarinetist.
Thanks for being in my community!
Do you ever feel like you are never going to sound as good as you like? Do you feel like you probably aren't "good enough" to play with your local musical group? Do you feel like you can play it at home, but not when anyone is listening? If there is anyone in the clarinet world who doesn't answer "yes" to some of these questions, you are probably some new suped-up Artificial Intelligence Clarinet Machine, because these are very real, very human thoughts that most of us experience!
Did you know that you can practise confidence in the same way that you can practise finger technic by working on scales and finger patterns? I'm giving you some great resources today to help you improve your clarinet confidence. First of all, you'll find my own mini Ted-Talk (since it is about 18 minutes) that really explains more about how we learn on clarinet, and how you can improve your confidence building. I base this thinking on over 35 years of working with thousands of clarinetists, and other musicians. Secondly, there is a great free tool that you can download and start using immediately - The Clarinet Mentors Practise Planner. If that wasn't already two great resources, I have included links to several bits of helpful free training videos that you can use to improve one area of focus in your clarinet playing (you choose the area).
For those of you who feel like you don't have 18 minutes to half an hour to meaningfully improve your clarinet playing (although I suspect you do if you are a member of the Clarinet Mentors Community), here is the quick summary:
This is HUGE news for all of us in the Clarinet Mentors Community! David Shifrin, one of my childhood "Clarinet Heroes", is organizing an incredible festival of clarinet concerts, a youth competition, masterclasses, gear tryout rooms, many clarinet sessions with great artists and more! The best part for us, is that he has invited the Clarinet Mentors Community (that's you and me) to come and create a meaningful set of activities for amateur adult clarinetists. This will include access to all of the stellar concerts and recitals, a chance to participate in masterclasses with myself and some of these great artists in our own, safe, amateurs-only space, daily clarinet choir sessions where you get to play with like-minded clarinetists and so much more.
I think this will be one of the best clarinet events for amateur players that has ever happened. Please find out more details here: https://www.clarinetmastery.com/clarinet-mentors-live-event-2019
NOTE: We will accommodate lots of people from the Clarinet Mentors Community. However, there is only space for 30 people to register for a mini-lesson during one of our live masterclasses throughout the session. 12 of those spots have been reserved. If you would like that extra training at no extra charge, you need to be one of the next 18 people to register. I expect those spots will go quickly once this newsletter reaches the inbox of thousands of clarinetists today. Having said that, there will be plenty of learning opportunities for all of us, even if you are number 31 to register!
I hope to see you in person at this exciting event!
I have two clarinet courses that I think are so valuable, I want to offer them to you to try out for $1 for 30 days. Pay $1 and learn lots. I'll give you the very short version of what you get, which is two monthly courses:
1. Clarinet Mastery Live Trainings - I go live, online with members of this course twice a month, and answer all of their clarinet questions. I also give personal feedback to a few volunteers each session who have a mini-lesson with me. You can be part of a great community, and get live feedback from me about your clarinet issues. There is so much to enjoy and learn within this community! We have a live session in about 24 hours that you could be a part of if you sign up now (and you get a recording of the replay if you can't make it in person).
2. Mastering Clarinet Music Club - I give you 2 new pieces of music each month with lessons on how to prepare the music. Recently, I have coaxed some of my musical colleagues to join in so that you can have play-along recordings with professional string players and pianists. It is awesome.
To try these for 30 days for just $1 (and after that you pay a monthly subscription, like Netflix or other online services), sign up here: https://www.clarinetmastery.com/offers/PFQbq67Q
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 clicking the button below:
Thanks for being a 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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