• 10 More Ways to Become a Better Clarinetist In Under 10 Seconds

    Let me preface this post by saying that the clarinet is a lot of fun, but it’s also a lot of work. True progress comes from consistent practice efforts throughout many months, years, and decades. That being said, there are a few quick and easy improvements you can make in under 10 seconds (yes, really!) I’m excited to share even more ways you can become a better clarinetist in under 10 seconds. (If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the first blog post in this series – it was one of my first blog posts ever!) Here are 10 more ways you can become a better clarinetist in…

  • Clarinet Music by Women Composers

    Over the years, I’ve written several articles about women clarinetists and women composers who wrote for the clarinet. (Articles linked below) In the world of classical music, the contributions of women composers have historically been overlooked. For the past few years, I’ve compiled a list of works for clarinet written by women, and I’m excited to finally share this list with you. In this list, I’ve included music for solo clarinet up to five performers. Currently, this list includes 335 pieces! I hope this resource will help to promote the diverse voices and artistic achievements of women in the world of music and the clarinet community. Please note that this…

  • New Year, New Gear! Clarinet Equipment Information

    Happy New Year! I hope this year brings you health, happiness, and a lot of great music! If new gear is on the horizon for you this year, I’ve rounded up my articles about upgrading clarinet equipment to help you take the next step. Accessories Clarinets Leave a comment below with other articles you’d like to see about clarinet equipment!

  • Quick Fix Friday: Move like molasses

    Happy Friday! Title catch your attention? Hear me out! (Maybe I’m inspired by all the holiday baking 🥣) Oftentimes in technical passages, we tend to rush through the phrase. As a result, the notes become jumbled and indecipherable. I have a mental trick I use that helps me make sure each note is clear and enunciated. The quick fix? Move like molasses! Have you ever had those nightmares where you’re moving in slow motion, almost like you’re running through molasses? That’s the feeling we want to recreate on difficult technical passages. This mental trick encourages you to make sure each note is played clearly and precisely before moving on to…

  • How to select a clarinet reed

    Finding the best clarinet reed for you and your setup is a lot like searching for the perfect pair of jeans. There will be a lot of trial and error, but once you’ve found the one, it will be worth the effort. Discovering how to choose the right reed is an important lesson all clarinetists must learn early in their careers to help them produce the best sound possible on the instrument. (Click here to skip to the part where I recommend my favorite reeds.) Here are a few important factors one should consider when choosing a clarinet reed: Now that we’ve covered the basics, here are a few things…

  • How to Improve Clarinet Tone

    One of the most common complaints I hear from clarinetists is that they wish they had a better sound. Our sound (aka tone) is our musical voice, so it’s important to work to develop a sound which captures exactly what we want to share with your audience. The subject of clarinet tone is enough to fill its own book (several, perhaps), but I’ll share a few suggestions to help get your started on ways you can improve your clarinet tone: One final note – the recommendations above are meant for ways you can improve your overall clarinet tone. If you’d like to improve your tuning, check out my complete guide…

  • Clarinet Curiosities: Unusual Systems and Inventions

    The pioneering and curious spirit of clarinetists and manufacturers has led to the development of unique and innovative instruments throughout clarinet history. Here are a few clarinet curiosities, including unusual clarinets, clarinet systems, and inventions to intrigue you: Clarinet-adjacent instruments These instruments might not technically fall under the clarinet family tree, but I wanted to share some distant cousins of the clarinet family. Here are some other websites you might find interesting to learn more about clarinet systems and inventions: I hope you enjoyed this foray into the curious world of clarinet history! What other unusual clarinets do you know? Leave a comment below!

  • Classical Music Warped Timeline: Facts that alter your perception of time

    Classical music history is typically taught separately from general history, which is why these comparisons can warp your perception of time. Here are some events from classical music history as they relate to details from general history: What other events in classical music history will warp your perception of time? Leave a comment below!

  • How to choose a new clarinet mouthpiece

    Welcome to the wonderful world of clarinet mouthpieces! If you’re looking for a new clarinet mouthpiece, here’s everything you need to know: How do you know when it’s time to replace a clarinet mouthpiece? While mouthpieces can be played indefinitely (as long as they’re not broken), I recommend replacing your mouthpiece every 5-10 years, although this greatly depends on how much you play. If you notice that your sound seems lackluster, you experience more resistance when you play, or reed selection is more difficult than normal, it could be the mouthpiece. It’s always a good idea to have a back-up mouthpiece, so if you’re undecided about replacing mouthpieces now, you…

  • Quick Fix Friday: Steady Air = Steady Sound

    Happy Friday! I wanted to share a quick tip to help you improve your sound. We all know that air is all-important (that’s why it’s called a “wind” instrument), and the connection between air and sound is closely related. The quick tip? If you’re looking to improve your sound, focus on the air you’re using. A steady sound is a reflection of steady air. If your tone is wobbly, your air is probably wobbly. If there are spikes in your sound, there are spikes in your air flow. Take a moment to analyze your sound. Be detailed in what you’d like to improve – smoother sound (smoother air); louder sound…