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Clarinet Connections 2020!

announcements May 07, 2020

There is an amazing clarinet event happening right now that I have to tell you about!

Michelle Anderson of Clarinet Mentors is hosting an online clarinet conference called Clarinet Connections!

She is having on a bunch of fantastic performers and teachers in live Zoom meetings to discuss all kinds of different things from David Shifrin talking about how he works on fundamentals to Michael Lowenstern revealing the secrets of how he creates those awesome multi-track videos, and so much more.

Even though this event is well underway, it isn't too late to join in on the fun by registering at www.clarinetconnections.com

Every class is recorded and you will be able to watch the replays later, and I am not sure, but you may still be able to register and watch the replays even after the event is all over. I am not sure about that though, so you should probably just get in there now! You can also ask questions on the live meetings so that is another big advantage of getting in now.

I know a lot of people who read this blog have already joined the event and are loving it, so I also wanted to include some of my tips for getting the most out of this event.

There is a lot of information on a huge variety of topics, so make sure that you are keeping track and not getting overwhelmed.

  • Don't worry about attending every session, just go for the ones that seem the most interesting and helpful to you.
  • Take notes so you can remember this stuff later and really get the key takeaways.
  • Focus on getting information about your strengths that can be made even stronger, and just one or two weaknesses that you would like to tackle.

Most importantly, figure out how you can turn this knowledge into action, long term! Information without action is just extra weight in your brain. When David Shifrin says to work through the Rose etudes and really play them musically that does nothing for you unless you actually do it when you practice!

After you have watched all of your favorite presentations, I challenge you to create an action plan of about 3 things that you are going to actually do with the key takeaways in your notes. Here are some examples: listen to 5 Clarineat episodes, play Klose scales everyday for two weeks, spend 3 hours each week working on an online presence.

Those kind of specific action steps will help you to actually improve your playing and your career from the amazing information that Michelle and these other great clarinetists are putting together!

I hope that helps you get the most out of this amazing event, and hopefully I will see some of you in the chat or comments so we can connect too!

Happy Connecting!
Josh

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