Tag Archives: Clarinet

April 14

This week’s shows 4.14.19

Well…it’s a lie really, here are some video clips from the past few weeks that I haven’t gotten around to uploading. First off is [M]onte, our Afro-Latin Jazz Collective. A lot of the video is from Casa Nueva a couple of nights ago. The rest is from a few weeks back at Athens Uncorked. It’s […]

January 13

Gypsy Jazz Duo

I’m very pleased to share a new duo that I’ve gotten off the ground over the past few weeks. I’m playing Gypsy Jazz with Jake Eddy on guitar. We’ve played a handful of gigs in Ohio and West Virginia and have another handful on the books for the coming weeks. I had been looking for […]

February 20

Duo Jazz from Oman and Michigan

Here are a few fun videos of me playing in my favorite format…the duo. The first two were recorded on the Celebrity Constellation as we were anchored in Muscat, Oman. Max Marshall is the pianist and we’re playing Have You Met Miss Jones and Beautiful Love. The third video is just a short clip from […]

February 01

Upcoming February Gigs

I’m very pleased to announce two upcoming gigs in the month of February: On the 10th, I’ll be doing my Saxo/DJ thing at Thai Lanna and Sushi Bar.   I’ll be playing from 7.30-10pm and tickets are $25. It’s a 3-course, fixed menu but I’m pretty sure if you ask nicely you can get anything […]

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 […]

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 […]