Category Archives: Clarinet

November 12

Play However You Want [tomorrow night]

Many moons ago, as I was struggling through some Mendelssohn clarinet excerpts, I was given some sage advice in the form of a question. She said to me, “you know you can play the clarinet however you want, right?” I’ve thought about that a lot since that day. What she meant wasn’t that I could […]

April 22

Vintage Sobriquet Videos

Now that I have constant access to blazing fast wifi I found some videos of my band from Indiana days called Sobriquet. Here are two videos from our last gig. The first is an original tune on a pretty epic scale titled ‘Strophs’ and the second is a cover of Radiohead’s ‘Morning Bell.’ The videos […]

February 13

Woodwind doubling — Practical Advice

Here are 6 extremely practical habits that can help to improve your doubles dramatically. These are habits that I’ve acquired from years of experience doubling on multiple woodwinds. While these tips won’t help you improve your technical abilities on your instruments, I believe they are invaluable when it comes to the mechanics of actually switching […]

October 21

Flutter tonguing — A super easy method.

I was talking to a trombone playing friend of mine last night about flutter tonguing and he told me that he doesn’t really know how to do it properly so I thought that I would post an article on the subject. Flutter tonguing is called for pretty rarely so it’s no surprise that most people […]

September 04

Cirque Excerpts

I’ve been working on some excerpts from a few different Cirque du Soleil shows lately. They’re available on their website  with backing tracks and the music is really interesting…and challenging! A lot of it definitely sounds like French circus music but there are many tunes with interesting world music sounds. It’s all very colorful stuff. […]

August 23

Connecting notes on clarinet: A short lesson based on ‘Ceora.’

I feel that connecting notes in a truly fluid way is the most important and most challenging aspect of clarinet playing. I’m always looking for new methods to approach this subject and recently I’ve been exploring the head to Lee Morgan’s ‘Ceora’ with this in mind. I chose this tune for two reasons; because it’s […]

July 12

The single best clarinet exercise i’ve ever learned!

6ths  <–Click to see the exercise!! That’s right, it’s that simple! This is the single best exercise for moving fluidly over the break and moving freely and fluidly throughout the clarinet’s range.   Start super slow. The goal here is not speed, it’s to move from one note to the next with no breaks or […]