Category: Clarinet

  • Seeking Equipment Recommendations

    Seeking Equipment Recommendations

    I am asking for equipment suggestions. I’m ok with my sound but feel like it could definitely be better. Being so far removed from the college scene, I feel I’ve been somewhat stuck in a rut (not really) using the same equipment recommended to me by my absolute favorite clarinet professor, the late Dallas Tidwell, but that was 2006-2008. Even so, I feel it’s time to upgrade.

  • Solo & Ensemble – Reflections

    January 20, 2022: I made a video about this! Also view it on: I love being a judge for solo & ensemble. As someone who is no longer immersed in the music education world, this is one of my few chances left to experience music on the middle school and high school level. Every year, […]

  • Why Play Clarinet?

    Dallas Tidwell was an inspiration. I think of him every time I get out my clarinet or step foot on UofL campus.

  • Compare Yourself to You, Yesterday

    Hey there! I just want to take a moment to say thank you to Ashleigh Hardin for asking me to do an interview on her podcast, A.Typical. I was so nervous, but I had a great time! Y’all, this podcast is just starting out but it’s got great topics and a bright future! Check out […]

  • Hand Position

    This post describes the best way to place your hands when playing clarinet. This is a great check-up for anyone who’s put the instrument down for a while, or if you’re just starting to play clarinet for the first time. Right Thumb Placement This thumb is used to hold the instrument up in place. The […]

  • Evolution of the Clarinet 1600-1800

    The so-called chalumeaux may be allowed to voice their somewhat howling symphony of an evening, perhaps in June or July and from a distance, but never in January at a serenade on the water.1 With the stream of negative comments like the one above found throughout writings of the 16th and 17th centuries, it is […]