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Clarinet Playing | Articulation Advice

Achieving a clean and crisp articulation is obviously the goal for all of us. We asked top Clarinet player Elizabeth Drew to give some tips for all advancing players on this topic…

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Clarinet Playing | Resistance Exercise

This is a neat little exercise to get you focussing on your air flow and air support. Regular use of this exercise will improve your sound and control.

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Ask Dawkes – Clarinet & Sax Answers Session #3

Carrying on our series with our top panel answering your questions…We picked out some more from your submissions and recorded our answers via the power of online meetings!

Check out all the questions and answers below, and the previous ones for Session 1 & Session 2 answers. If you would like to submit a question, you can do that through the initial blog, or by using the form at the bottom of this page.

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Brass Playing Tips | Producing a Good Tone with Georgina Jackson

In this short video & blog, top UK Trumpet player Georgina Jackson discusses some simple ideas to help improve your tone and approach to playing.

Georgina Jackson is a professional Trumpet player and singer. Working for years with many famous faces, such as Frank Sinatra Junior, Nancy Sinatra & Seal. Georgina learned her trade as a lead trumpet player with touring Big Bands in Concert Halls, on Television and Radio broadcasts. She has even performed at the Proms in London both singing and playing!

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Clarinet Articulation Exercises

We all know just how important good articulation is on all Wind Instruments. In this video Peter Cigleris walks through 3 exercises to incorporate into your warm-ups to help with articulation and get your tongue moving swiftly and lightly.

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Safe and Clean! A Guide to Keeping Your Kit Clean for Wind Players

Given the current situation, a lot of people are concerned about public and personal health. A musician’s health can be heavily associated with how well they keep their instruments and accessories. Today we’re going to guide you through measures you can take to ensure your gear is kept safe and clean!

In regards to personal health, please follow the current advice given by the NHS.

A note for all players! This blog will focus on keeping the mouthpiece clean, but be sure to also swab through and clean your whole instrument as usual to keep it working its best by insuring it is dry after playing. Take a look at our other cleaning and maintenance options online via your instruments accessory pages or here on the blog.

The Windcraft Clarinet Maintenance Kit comes with the basics needed for everyday cleaning.

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Ask Dawkes – Clarinet & Sax Answers Session #2

We recently offered to answer more of your Clarinet & Sax related questions. We picked out our favourites and recorded our answers via the power of online meetings!

Check out all the questions and answers below, or the first 8 questions here. If you would like to submit a question, you can do that through the initial blog, or by using the form at the bottom of this page.

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Selmer Reference 54 Saxophones – The Best New Sax Around?

The Saxophone market is awash with various manufacturers all producing a variety of different models. Yet, amongst all the noise (ahem!), there is a core group of top models which we feel lead the pack by some distance. At the peak of this group is the Selmer Reference 54 Alto and Tenor Saxophones.

In this blog we look at some of the competition, the Selmer ‘story’, and what it is about their sound that just ticks all the right boxes…

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Clarinet Warm-Up Tips

We’re joined by Ben Mellefont (Principal Clarinet, London Philharmonic Orchestra + Yamaha Performing Artist) to discuss the importance of warming up correctly, and some top tips of how to do it…

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Home Recording – Top 5 Tips

Whilst performing with friends and in public isn’t an option at the moment, plenty of people – myself included! – are exploring the world of home recording. After all, as musicians, we live to showcase our art!
But a percentage of these people – again, myself included! – are novices when it comes to the editing processes. From one beginner to another, here are a few tips I’ve figured out since I started experimenting with home recording and video editing.

‘Domino’ by Jessie J
Arranged, performed and edited by Jesse Harte
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