CLARINET MENTORS NEWSLETTER - NOVEMBER 2017
In this issue:
Hello to all clarinetists in the Clarinet Mentors Community! I enjoy sharing new clarinet pointers and tips with you, and this newsletter has a video that was really helpful to me. I hope you enjoy it the special content below.
I have been busy performing in Turandot with the Vancouver Opera, and a series of chamber music concerts for clarinet, cello and piano. Coming up soon is Peter and The Wolf (I've been practising my "cat"), and a series of Christmas concerts.
I am currently visiting some family members in the US midwest, where it is fridgid! They produce hearty people here where the cold winds blow! It gives me time to reflect upon the great community of people that I have in my life, and appreciate the diverse places where my community comes from.
I have switched my newsletter to a new format. Similar content, but I can now use one web service for all of my clarinet newsletters, courses, and other events. If you received an email welcoming you to Clarinet Mastery, that was the system adding your name. There is of course, no charge for the trainings in the Clarinet Mentors newsletter, and more great content will keep coming your way each month.
Thanks for being a part of my community!
FREE TRAINING - Use These Techniques To Avoid Neck Pain While Playing Clarinet - ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE
I recently had several conversations with Heather Walker, a professional horn player, and Alexander Technique specialist, about how clarinetists can prevent injuries and perform better with improved body awareness. I had heard of the Alexander Technique, and was vaguely aware that it had something to do with moving your body differently to play better. I had no idea how powerful these techniques are, until I tried them myself. Heather explains things so well, and is such a great teacher, that I asked her to create a mini course with me designed especially for clarinet players.
This video, helped me so much, that I wanted to share it with everyone in today's newsletter. It gives you pointers on how to avoid neck and shoulder stiffness and pain. It made a big difference to me, and I thought that I was already pretty mindful of how I held my body.
In full transparency, this video lesson is taken right out of the short course, The Healthy Clarinetist, that we created together. I hope you try out the simple exercises in this video. For those of you that want even more tips on staying healthy as a clarinetist, I also give more information on the whole course after the video with Heather finishes. We are offering the entire course to everyone at a very low priced introductory special until December 1st. Heather basically volunteered her time to give us this knowledge, and I told her that I would offer the whole course at a low price to give back to her. I really do recommend it to everyone.
MICHELLE RECOMMENDS - BG Pad Dryer
I've recently been using the BG Pad Dryer, which is a micro fibre cloth that fits easily in my clarinet case. It has the same function as cleaning paper to help dry out water from a pad. It fits under hard-to-reach keys really easily, and quickly absorbs moisture. It also doesn't blow off my stand the way paper can in a breezy theatre. If you want a simple way to clean moisture out of your clarinet, this works well.
FURTHER CLARINET TRAININGS
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:
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