Leblanc Masterclass Series

Enhance your musical skills with the Leblanc Masterclass Series, featuring world-class woodwind artists from around the globe.


Take your clarinet playing to the next level with these Leblanc Artist Masterclass lesson videos. Each course features outstanding musical guidance, techniques and tips, and exemplary performances from the instructors.

This video library is perfect for:
  • Beginning players wanting to emulate a professional sound
  • Intermediate and advanced players looking to improve their technique
  • Players seeking to add audition repertoire to their skill set
  • Any clarinet player needing the inspiration to keep strong on the journey
In this library you’ll learn:
  • Clarinet fundamentals including posture (seated and standing), movement, and the reasons to warm-up every day
  • Specific warm-ups to help advance your tone, intonation, scales, and dexterity
  • How to make adjustments in your embouchure to improve your intonation
  • Tips for doubling on clarinet and saxophone
  • Much more!


Leblanc Masterclass: Julian Bliss, Clarinet

By Julian Bliss
  • 0 Lessons
  • Julian Bliss
  • Why Warm Up
  • Sitting Posture
  • Standing Posture
  • Movement
  • Dexterity Warm Up
  • Legato and Long Tones
  • Mixing up Scales
  • Organizing Your Routine
  • What is it like to have a concerto composed for you? What was it like to partner with John Mackey?
  • As a world traveler and performer, what do you find is the biggest challenge? What is the biggest reward?
  • What kind of music do you listen to for fun? Who is on heavy rotation?
  • What has been the most rewarding thing about your life in music?
  • You've been instrumental in the development of a line of Leblanc Clarinets - what was that like?
  • What would you tell your 12 year old self when that version of Julian gets frustrated?
  • You play so many genres, like with your Septet, how do you keep your skills up?

Leblanc Masterclass: Lori Ardovino, Clarinet

By Lori Ardovino
  • 16 Lessons
  • Lori Ardovino
  • Meet Lori, your Masterclass instructor.
  • Importance of Embouchure Formation
  • The Lips
  • Teeth/ Angles
  • Embouchure Check
  • Embouchure Exercise, Long Tones
  • Embouchure Exercise, Register Tones
  • Why Double on Clarinet and Saxophone
  • Learning on Saxophone
  • Key Areas to Develop
  • Key Issues to Watch For
  • Overview of the Topics
  • Why Proper Hand Position is so Important
  • Pinkies are the Anchors
  • Thumb and Register Key
  • Finger Pads and Knuckles
  • Fingering Exercise - Explanation
  • Fingering Exercise - Right Hand
  • Fingering Exercise - Left Hand
  • Overview - How to get the High Notes to Sound
  • How to Practice the Upper Register
  • What would you tell your 12 year old self when she gets frustrated?
  • How did you decide to start on clarinet and how did you add other instruments to your toolbox?
  • What does a typical day look like for you?
  • What are some musical selections you can't get enough of right now?
  • What is something you do every day to improve your skills?
  • What is something you've struggled with on your instrument and how did you overcome it?


Julian Bliss

Julian Bliss is one of the world’s finest clarinettists, excelling as a concerto soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, jazz artist, and masterclass leader. As co-creator of his Conn Selmer range of affordable clarinets under the Leblanc brand, he has inspired a generation of young players and introduced a substantial new audience to his instrument. Julian started playing the clarinet aged four and went on to study in the United States at the University of Indiana and in Germany under Sabine Meyer, turning professional aged just twelve. In recital and chamber music he has played at most of the world’s leading festivals and halls, including Gstaad, New York’s Lincoln Center, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Verbier and London’s Wigmore Hal. As a soloist, he has appeared with a wide range of international orchestras, including the Auckland Philharmonia, BBC Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra of Paris, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sao Paolo Symphony and the Queensland Symphony. This season, Bliss premieres a new concerto for Clarinet and Wind Orchestra, written for him by the eminent composer John Mackey. For the first performance he joins Dallas Winds with further performances taking place across the United States. Other concerto highlights include Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Penderecki’s Clarinet Concerto No.2 with the English Chamber Orchestra at Cadogan Hall. There are also festival appearances and numerous performances with his Jazz Septet celebrating the music of Gershwin, Benny Goodman and Jazz in film. Bliss ended last season with numerous summer festivals including East Neuk, Musiktage Mondsee, Risør Chamber Festival and Summer at Snape. Prior to that highlights included returning to Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra to perform Copland’s Clarinet Concerto with under Domingo Hindoyan as well as appearances at Wigmore Hall, chamber music at Oxford Lieder Festival and masterclasses in the United States. Excellent reviews, record of the week spots and media attention flow from his recording output. In 2021, releases on Signum Records included Brahms Clarinet Sonatas with pianist James Baillieu, and an EP of Julian’s arrangements for clarinet of wind ensemble works by legends of the US band world John Mackey, Frank Ticheli and Eric Whitacre. Other recent albums include Mozart and Weber Quintets with the Carducci String Quartet; Schubert’s Shepherd on the Rock with Ailish Tynan (soprano) and Christopher Glynn (piano); Steve Reich’s New York Counterpoint; Mozart and Nielsen’s Clarinet Concertos with the Royal Northern Sinfonia. In 2010, Bliss established the Julian Bliss Septet, creating programmes inspired by the King of Swing, Benny Goodman, and a show built around the extraordinary musical output of George Gershwin. A recording of the Gershwin programme “I Got Rhythm” released in 2021 received rave reviews – “impressive recording by talented clarinettist Julian Bliss and his excellent Septet [...] Bliss’s quick-fire clarinet starts weaving free-flowing improvisational lines around the tune from the very outset [...] jaw-dropping, side-stepping vibes solo [...] the whole ensemble is on fire” – Gramophone. The Septet has performed to packed houses across the US and in European festivals, at Ronnie Scott’s (London) and Live from Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola (Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York). With the launch of Bliss Music in 2020, Julian’s arrangements of a selection of pieces for clarinet and piano have been made available as sheet music. These include Rachmaninoff’s Cello Sonata Op. 19, the third movement of which has been set as a Grade 6 piece on the new London College of Music clarinet syllabus.

Lori Ardovino

Professor of Music and Director of Music Graduate Studies at the University of Montevallo, where she teaches clarinet, saxophone, music history, woodwind pedagogy and coaches chamber music. She is also a member of the UM Faculty Woodwind Quintet, the Magnolia Trio and is a founding member and alto saxophonist with the Cahaba Saxophone Quartet. Dr. Ardovino is an active performer in the Birmingham area and is called upon to play clarinet, bass clarinet and saxophone with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and bass clarinet with the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra. She is an active clinician, adjudicator, and has had numerous articles published in the Ala Breve, official journal of the Alabama Music Educators, and writes CD reviews for the Clarinet, official journal of the International Clarinet Association.