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Developing Your Musical Imagination: Analyzing

mindset May 28, 2020

No, I will not stop with the Spongebob image!

I also won't stop sharing my ideas on how to get more out of your clarinet and musical journey!

So, let's pick up where we left off last week, and talk about analyzing music.

Most college students take theory and musicology courses for 2+ years that...

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Developing Your Musical Imagination: Listening

mindset May 21, 2020

In last week's post, I went over how having a great imagination of how your music should go is probably the most important to your success as a clarinetist.

Now, how do you develop that imagination?

If you really want to get serious about clarifying that image in your head of how the music should...

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The Most Important Indicator of Success

mindset May 14, 2020

I always say that playing clarinet is simple once you are able to break it down into all of it's separate parts, but putting all those parts together can be a bit challenging!

I have found, however, that there is one piece of the puzzle that plays a bigger role in the process and will almost...

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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...

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Get the Training You Need Each and Every Month!

announcements Apr 30, 2020

For those of you who have been around QuickStart Clarinet for a while, you are likely aware of the Monthly Masterclass program that I started at the beginning of 2020.

But what exactly is it?

As I explored all of the ways I could best help as many clarinetists as possible, I came to the...

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The Grand Unified Theory of Music

mindset practice resources Apr 23, 2020

Everything you need to know to be a great musician?!?

It seems hard to gather that all into one video or one process, and though there is probably some more fleshing out to do on this theory, I think you will find it to be quite insightful!

I first learned about the Grand Unified Theory in one of...

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A Playlist of Inspiration and Entertainment

listening Apr 16, 2020

I hope all is well in your world! If you need a little pick me up, this post is for you! Whenever, I am feeling down or in a rut, one of the best ways that I find to get me up and going again is to listen to some really great, inspiring music.

I put together a playlist of some of my favorite...

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The QuickStart Clarinet Community on Facebook

announcements Apr 09, 2020

Did you know there is now a QuickStart Clarinet Community Facebook Group?!?

My goal for this group is to provide a place that is dedicated to supporting each other along our clarinet journeys. So what does that look like?

You can post questions that you have about playing or a specific piece, and...

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Sometimes it is the Reed's Fault

equipment Apr 02, 2020

Before I get into when it is alright to blame the reed, I want to really quickly and very importantly say that a lot of times it is NOT the reed's fault! Almost all of the issues that arise in the video can be encountered by poor clarinet fundamentals as well.

With that out of the way, I want to...

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The Best Online Clarinet Resources

resources Mar 26, 2020

Writing this at the end of March 2020, I am thinking of ways that I can help the clarinet community while most of the world is on lock down to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Though this is particularly pertinent in these difficult times, all of these resources are fantastic at anytime you may...

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