Episode 24 – Phil Lambert on his award-winning product “Classical Fingers”

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Phil Lambert was born in Christchurch, New Zealand. After completing his Music Degree, Phil relocated to Melbourne, Australia where he continued his musical career as a composer, teacher and performer and established his own company Cloudbreak Music®.

Phil has now composed for Feature Films, Film Trailers, Short Films, Media Projects and TVCs, performed live at various venues, radio stations and an appearance on T.V as well as receiving radio play for his compositions along with interviews throughout Australia and New Zealand. He has also built a successful private woodwind teaching business and created the internationally recognised product Classical Fingers®.

As a music educator, Phil has been teaching Clarinet, Saxophone and Flute for 18 years and now teaches privately from his studio in Kensington, Melbourne. Phil believes that private tuition is important as it not only establishes a bond between teacher and student, but it allows him to personally focus solely on each student’s needs at the particular level they are at; “Every student is different so every lesson needs to be tailored to suit their ability and potential.” During Phil’s years of teaching woodwind he encountered numerous players, both beginners and advanced, that naturally played the clarinet by lifting their fingers too high so he started experimenting with the idea of using a device to help reduce this movement.
In 2011 Phil started developing a prototype that his students could use on a more regular basis away from the lesson and in 2014 the evolution of Classical Finegrs was finally realised.

Since its release, Classical Fingers has now been sold to 28 countries including to: Teachers, Students, Stores, Universities, High Schools and Distributors. It has also won various Design Awards and has been exhibited in Australia, Korea, Frankfurt and USA. Phil is currently devloping Classical Fingers for the Flute.

In this episode we discuss Phil’s diverse career, how his new product “classical fingers” came to be, and how it can be used—by both teachers and students—as an innovative teaching tool.


Classical Fingers

Cloudbreak Music

Discussion Topics

  • The excitement of composing
  • The musician and composer as small business owner
  • Phil’s company “Cloudbreak Music”
  • Moving to Australia from New Zealand
  • Why Classical Fingers was invented
  • The development and design of Classical Fingers
  • Teaching and learning with Classical Fingers
  • Who is this product for?
  • How can teachers use classical fingers?
  • How can students use classical fingers?
  • Where is classical fingers available for purchase?

How to use Classical Fingers




One lucky listener will receive one Classical Fingers (retail value $89 AUD) mailed worldwide free of charge.

If you’d like to be eligible to win items mentioned on the podcast please click here.

Thanks for listening!

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Sean Perrin
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The Clarineat Podcast



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