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Take this quiz to find out which historical clarinetist you are! Note: This quiz was created for entertainment purposes only. While I based the answers and results on descriptions of clarinetists from scholarly sources, this[...]

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It’s never fun being sick. This is especially true for musicians, who often have to suffer through rehearsals, lectures, and performances. After all, the show must go on! Whatever your ailment, it’s important to take[...]

The post How to Disinfect Your Clarinet After You’ve Been Sick appeared first on Jenny Maclay.

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My close friends will tell you that I’m a little strange. In addition to my fascination with visiting the graves of famous musicians, I’m always up for exploring macabre sites. Recent excursions include subterranean labyrinths[...]

The post 19 Lessons About Life and Art I Learned From Stephen King appeared first on Jenny Maclay.

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Congratulations! You’ve decided to play the most awesome instrument around – the clarinet (or maybe saxophone, which is nearly as cool as the clarinet)! Get ready, because you’re about to enter a lifelong love/hate relationship[...]

The post No More Chipped Reeds: A Beginner’s Guide to Reed Care appeared first on Jenny Maclay.

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In honor of National Women’s History Month, I’d like to share some truly inspirational barrier-breaking female clarinetists past and present. To all my fellow female clarinetists out there, let’s keep breaking boundaries, supporting other women,[...]

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It’s normal for musicians to experience the occasional dip in inspiration, creativity, or motivation. Music is an extremely competitive field which requires years of hard work, diligent practice, countless hours alone in a practice room,[...]

The post How to Get Out of a Musical Rut appeared first on Jenny Maclay.

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I’m sure that somewhere in this world, there is somebody that wakes up every single day, eager to practice and absorb every iota of musical wisdom the world throws their way. Setbacks are never met[...]

The post How to Motivate Yourself to Practice When You’d Rather Not appeared first on Jenny Maclay.

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There comes a point in many clarinetists’ lives when your trusty B-flat isn’t enough anymore. Maybe you’re tired of transposing in orchestra (cool it with the A clarinet, Tchaikovsky!). Maybe you want to play the[...]

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For an instrument with such an illustrious history, the clarinet is relatively new to the unaccompanied scene. Excluding the Stadler Caprices and Donizetti Studie, there are virtually no works for solo clarinet until the 20th[...]

The post 20 Unaccompanied Clarinet Works from the 20th Century appeared first on Jenny Maclay.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!  Here are some clari-nerdy pick up lines guaranteed to garner the love of that special someone! Are you the Kell 17 Staccato Studies? Because you’ve got me tongue-tied! Are you the first[...]

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