May 20, 2016

 

Schools out, now what?

 

Despite [some of] our best efforts to remain in college as long as possible, we must all ultimately face the dilemma of what to do with ourselves upon graduation.  In the world of normal professions, this generates a fairly simple set of solutio...

May 13, 2016

 

The very first decision we must make as music students is that of where to go for your undergraduate education.  As this topic was already covered by Dakota Corbliss so we will skip right to the next step:

 

the end of undergraduate life.

 

Everyone goes through their own...

March 11, 2016

As a professional brass player, you should get whatever mouthpiece your teacher/friend/idol uses and then just focus on getting better at the instrument.  The mouthpiece doesn't really matter, only your hard work. If you switch, you will go back two steps and ultimatel...

February 5, 2016

Today, I’m going to be talking to you about a very special and often misunderstood corner of brass pedagogy.  Yes, I’m talking about the brass method of Carmine Caruso.  The supposed “high-note” or “chops” method.  In this article I will explain the philosophy behind t...

November 20, 2015

 

Enter the world of audio engineering.  Also known as “how the heck do I record myself, and what the heck is that cable called?”

 

In this article, I will go over the basic topics of audio recording that will enable you to select your own equipment, and get started with...

September 25, 2015

Imagine the following circumstances. 

 

  • You are called for a gig and when you show up some of your music has chord changes on it.  Were you able to pull it off, or did you abstain? 

  • You are on a recording session and the producer asks you to make something...

September 19, 2015

All through high-school, I was constantly presented with two options as a trumpeter.  Option 1, be a legit (ie: classical) trumpet player.  Option 2, be a jazzer.  These options were customarily presented as mutually exclusive, both by the attitudes and by the skills o...

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