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 Podcast Ideas Appreciated!
Author: Clarineat 
Date:   2019-07-31 23:37

Hi all,

I'm Sean from the Clarineat podcast. If you've never heard of the show you can check it out at I've been doing the show almost 4 years now and there are over 100 episodes, but I'm starting to feel like I'm running out of ideas and am currently looking for some thoughts to freshen things up! I'm especially interested in helping re-inspire older players, provide information to college students, and introduce young players to the instrument, but I am open to any and all suggestions!

If you have any artist or topic suggestions for future podcasts, please comment below or you can also send me an email at

Thank you!

The Clarineat Podcast

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 Re: Podcast Ideas Appreciated!
Author: BethGraham 
Date:   2019-08-01 01:47

Some ideas (apologies if you've done any of these already)

* New Horizons organization; re-engaging older amateur musicians

* An interview with the clarinet section of a symphony orchestra, including 1st, 2nd, and 3rd clarinetists as well as utility players: How do members of a section approach rehearsal and performance?

* More on pedagogy: What makes a fine teacher?

* Tom Ridenour

* Legere reeds

* An interview with a leading clarinet/woodwind technician

* How to find good, used clarinets

Can't think of anything else at the moment, but maybe this'll start a conversation.


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 Re: Podcast Ideas Appreciated!
Author: fernie121 
Date:   2019-08-01 02:57

I second the interview idea with Ridenour. Maybe general interviews with different reps of different brands.

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 Re: Podcast Ideas Appreciated!
Author: Fuzzy 
Date:   2019-08-01 05:00

Suggested Topic:
Non-classical avenues for clarinetists (and all instrumentalists, really).

By preparing kids to see all of the options (instead of only one or two) we'd increase their likelihood of future success.

Suggested Topic:
Business skills necessary to make a living playing music (in the various different settings, classical orchestral member, freelancer, busker, etc. as well as creating digital media packs, licensing, copyright management, etc.)

I've watched some of your podcasts in the past, but have in no way watched/listened to them all, so please forgive me if you've already covered these topics.


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 Re: Podcast Ideas Appreciated!
Author: Clarineat 
Date:   2019-08-01 07:13

Thank you all for your thoughts! I also got a few emails which is great as well.

The Clarineat Podcast

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 Re: Podcast Ideas Appreciated!
Author: SunnyDaze 
Date:   2019-08-01 09:57

Thank us for telling us about the podcast. I will go and try it out.

I'm keen to learn about modifying reeds just now.

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 Re: Podcast Ideas Appreciated!
Author: BethGraham 
Date:   2019-08-01 16:33

Another idea: The science behind cane reeds. Or something like "Cane Reeds: Fact or Myth." Or "Mythbusting: Reed Edition."

If you've been reading the BB lately, Sean, you'll know that SunnyDaze is using her microscope and plant science background to get up close and personal with cane reeds of varying strengths and qualities.

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 Re: Podcast Ideas Appreciated!
Author: mdj 
Date:   2019-08-01 18:05

In my opinion the 'gold standard' in terms of educational, informational entertaining, etc... Look for examples in The Modern Drummer Podcast with Mike and Mike.

I understand it's a totally different instrument, but it is an instrument and their success and followers speaks for itself. Ideas in format is what I am referring to.

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 Re: Podcast Ideas Appreciated!
Author: JAS 
Date:   2019-08-01 19:43

Great podcast!

I would appreciate some interviews with high level players that are more art/practice/philosophy oriented. Some of my favorite podcast episodes are Jason Heath's interviews with players like Alex Hanna and Max Dimoff on Contrabass Conversations.

I would love to hear someone from the Curtis studios of the 80s and 90s talk about the teaching of Donald Montanaro. The same for a recent Yehuda Gilad student.
Or to hear a long tenured member of a great orchestra talk about his or her favorite non-clarinetist and why they were influenced by that musician.
What does a non-clarinetist who has sat on many clarinet audition committees feel is most often missing from clarinet players?

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 Re: Podcast Ideas Appreciated!
Author: claaaaaarinet!!!! 
Date:   2019-08-09 07:36

This blog post struck a nerve with me:

Several clarinet professors I know have noted drastically declining enrollment in clarinet lessons and problems filling the clarinet chairs in college bands in recent years. Not so for sax, percussion, brass. I think the author makes several valid points and I would be interested to hear further discussion on this topic.

Post Edited (2019-08-09 07:48)

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 Re: Podcast Ideas Appreciated!
Author: Clarineat 
Date:   2019-09-09 20:01

This is a very interesting point.

This might sounds absurd, but I think that the show spongebob had a positive impact on the number of young kids picking clarinet. Now that the show is sort of “last gen” I’m not sure it has the same impact.

The sax craze of the 80s/90s can at least be partially credited to the simpsons I would say too.


The Clarineat Podcast

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